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Segregation - Mizrahi Jews

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 May 2009

Are walls going up around Britain's communities? Are we sleepwalking to racial segregation? Laurie hears of new research which counters some contemporary fears about immigration in Britain.

In 2005, Trevor Phillips, then Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality warned, 'The walls are going up around many of our communities and the bridges are crumbling ... we are sleepwalking our way to segregation'. Are there really ghettoes growing in Britain's cities? Laurie talks to Ludi Simpson about his new research into the state of segregation in Britain and hears from Tariq Modood about how and why Muslim communities are feared.

Also in the programme, Laurie hears from Rachel Shabi about the Mizrahis, Israel's Jews from Arab lands. Many talk Arabic and their customs are rooted in the Middle East, but despite constituting almost half of the Israeli population she claims they are sidelined and discriminated against in their own country.

  • Ludi Simpson

    Ludi Simpson, Honorary Professor of Population Studies at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research in the School of Social Sciences at Manchester University

    ‘Sleepwalking to Segregation’?: Challenging Myths About Race and Migration
    by Nissa Finney (Author), Ludi Simpson (Author)
    Publisher: Policy Press
    ISBN-10: 1847420079
    ISBN-13: 978-1847420077

    Find out more about Ludi Simpson
  • Professor Tariq Modood

    Tariq Modood, Professor of Sociology at Bristol and Director of the University Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship; and Bristol Director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship with UCL

    Publisher: Polity Press
    ISBN-10: 0745632890
    ISBN-13: 978-0745632896

    Find out more about Tariq Modood
  • Rachel Shabi

    Rachel Shabi is an author and contributing writer to The Guardian. She currently lives in Tel Aviv.

    Not the Enemy; Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands
    ISBN-10: 0300122756
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    ISBN-13: 978-0300122756

    Find out more about Rachel Shabi
  • Music played in the programme

    Track: The Mary Baker City Mix
    Album: Songs of Alex Glasgow 1&2
    Performer: Alex Glasgow
    Record label: MWM
    Record number: MWMCDSP14

    Track: Through the mist of your eyes
    Album: Asmar
    Performer: Yair Dalal
    Publisher: Magda Records, Israel



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