The Hope not Hate and Migration Exchange Response Project, which seeks to better prepare the refugee and migration sector to respond to the far-right threat publishes regular briefings. We will keep this page updated and add briefings as they are published.
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Here is the latest Briefing 5 –Migration-and-the-Far-Right-5_2021-08 )Briefing 5
They cover recent far-right activity around channel crossings and temporary accommodation, which they hope will be helpful in building a more in depth understanding of how these actors are operating. They have seen activity slow down in recent months, with lockdown inhibiting their ability to organise and the police clamping down on anti-migrant activists on the far-right, but as we all know, there is still noise being made by those who seek to exploit the situation. They have seen far-right groups getting ready to exploit the issue further with any increase in crossings as the weather improves, though many key anti-migrant actors are held back by a number of legal issues and in-fighting between far-right groups.
The Response Project will be sending regular updates through these briefings and around any key events, but a reminder that you can submit anything you’re coming across on or offline here. Anything you submit helps them to build and share a fuller picture.
More about the project:
Immigration has always been a focus for the far right, but over recent months the explicit targeting people who are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and the organisations that support them has rightly triggered concern, and has brought to the fore the needs of the migration and refugee sector to better understand the threat and how to respond. HOPE not Hate is concerned that the issue will only get bigger over the next twelve months as challenges of accommodation availability and dispersal continue and the economic and political impact of Covid-19 bites.
That’s why HOPE not Hate charitable trust and Migration Exchange have developed the Response project, which aims to better equip the migration and refugee sector to understand the extent and nature of the threat posed by the far right, supporting them to apply that understanding through more appropriate responses in both the long and short term, and is made up of 5 key areas:
• Intel: Monitoring the far right with focus on immigration to keep a log of all associated activity, narrative etc. We will create a system for those working in the sector to add intel to build a fuller picture
• Equipping: Sharing intel with sector and developing understandings of far right threat level and appropriate response
• Response: Responding to incidents, developing capacity to respond
• Security: Ensuring safeguarding and security
• Long term: Disrupting a context which enables the far right