Anti-racism charity calls for solidarity in Havering

PUBLISHED: 11:31 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 08 July 2016

Rita Chadha, from Ramfel

Rita Chadha, from Ramfel


An anti-racism charity is planning to hold a unity meeting in Havering, as part of a strategy to calm community tensions.

Following the European Union referendum, Hope not Hate is holding “more in common” events across the United Kingdom.

Charity advocate Sam Tarry said an event was being planned for residents to show solidarity with the migrant community.

He said: “This is about saying we have more in common.

“After the referendum, we need to find a collective way forward.”

Following a surge in hate crimes across London after the EU vote, a leading charity is lobbying the Metropolitan Police for an urgent review of the force’s interaction with migrant communities.

The Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (Ramfel), held a meeting last Thursday evening, following the historic referendum result.

Speaking to an audience of 30 people at the Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, the charity’s chief executive Rita Chadha said migrant communities are often very unwilling to report incidents.

She said: “The Met has seriously ignored migrant communities for so long that what they are saying now makes very little sense.

“They don’t flag that hate crimes have been committed against migrants, so how do they know it is increasing?

“It should be recorded.”

Currently Ramfel receives 150 to 200 enquiries a week, but they expect an increase.

Following the current uncertainty over the future of EU citizens currently living in Britain, Rita encouraged all migrants who can apply for permanent residency to do so.

She said: “I would suggest anyone who can should apply for British citizenship.

Ramfel chairman Russell Whiting said the country had been through tough times.

He said: “We have come through quite a turbulent three months in London and across the UK.

“Following the vote to leave the EU, we are going to fight for the freedom of movement.

“There is a lot of uncertainty but Ramfel’s position is clear.”

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