April 2016 - Security, policing and ethnic and religious minorities

Security, policing and ethnic and religious minorities

This webzine edition looks at security and policing from an anti-racism perspective, and how they impact ethnic and religious minority communities.

Police and communities in Europe: what way forward in a context of multiple crises

When it comes to security and policing, migrants and ethnic and religious minorities in Europe face racist crime and discriminatory practices by law-enforcement, and consequently mistrust police.

Re-negotiating ethnicity, gender and class in Germany in the context of security and policing: the Cologne case

Since Cologne and the following moral panic, the intersection of "race", "gender" and "class" has been dominating the public discourse on fear and security in Germany.

The impact of the Paris attacks on security measures and how they affect minority communities

The political discourse and national debates surrounding the security measures taken by the French government have targeted Muslim minorities in particular, alienating them from French society and leading to increased Islamophobic incidents.

"Grassroots" policing: a selection of European models

Are police forces an integration tool? I suggest looking at countries such as Belgium, Italy, Great-Britain, and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia where different models apply. Such models derive from several influences, be it the State system for police services, the shift in public order from “law and order” to “negotiation and integration”, the overall evolution of police services’ actions previously geared to solely respond to crime situations, or the relationship between police (wo)men and citizens based on history, culture, trust and confidence.