Racist harassment in housing is much more prevalent and serious than previously documented, new research published today (16.02.2017) by the Immigrant Council of Ireland has found. The report Taking Racism Seriously: Experiences of racism and racially motivated anti-social behaviour in social housing, which was co-authored by ITB Senior Lecturer, Dr Brid Ni Chonaill, outlines a number of housing-related racist incidents, examines the current gaps in social housing policies and procedures, and outlines potential solutions for this endemic issue.
This research analysed racist incidents in social housing, but it is clear from the Immigrant Council of Ireland's helpline statistics that incidents of the same nature are happening in all types of tenure. For Taking Racism Seriously, data on racist incidents in social housing was collected across Ireland and on foot of the findings, Dublin City Council's responses to such issues were analysed to identify what the current existing policies and practices are in place, and how they might be improved upon.
Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said, "This research was inspired by calls to our own anti-racism hotline and the increasing number of incidents of racial harassment in people's homes or the vicinity. Delving more deeply we uncovered the nature of racist harassment in housing is much more violent than in other settings such as in the workplace or in schools and colleges.
Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, said "This research has given us the opportunity to examine more carefully people's experiences, revealing the extent of the problems of housing-related racism and the impact this has on people's lives.