& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007


Podcast: Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government talked about the aims of this conference.

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Mixed-race people account for around one in six of all ethnic minorities in Britain today. They belong to a group that is not only the fastest-growing in Britain today, but also has the youngest average age and the greatest amount of diversity. It is also perhaps the least well understood.

On 4-6 September, the Commission for Racial Equality, in partnership with the Runnymede Trust, London South Bank University's Families and Social Capital Research Group, and the Department for Communities and Local Government, hosted a unique online conference. It looked at issues relating to Britain's mixed-race population ('mixedness') and mixed families ('mixing').

Mixedness and Mixing brought together a wide variety of perspectives to identify and discuss new approaches, ideas and experiences, and to consider how these can best be used to formulate policy that delivers equality to all mixed-race people.

The event took place over three days:

Tuesday 4 September Day 1: Equality

During this first day of the conference, we considered the inequalities faced by Britain's mixed-race population, and how these may be overcome [more...]

Wednesday 5 September Day 2: Interaction

On day two, we discussed the nature and characteristics of mixed relationships and families, and how members of the mixed-race population relate to, and interact with, people from other ethnic groups [more...]

Thursday 6 September Day 3: Participation

Finally, we looked at how mixed-race people are involved in decisions about how society works, both at a national and local level, and through informal structures as well as formal ones [more...]