This research sadly shows that racism is a significant issue affecting the lives of people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Wales, a significant proportion of which has personally experienced racism, as have their friends and family members.
Whilst some of these negative experiences are associated with illegal discrimination by service providers and public authorities, much takes places at school, in places of work, out shopping, on the bus, in shops and in some (particularly poorer and less ethnically diverse) neighbourhoods. These experiences of 'everyday racism' are painful and deeply affect the ability of individuals and families to go about their lives.
Experiences of ethnic minorities show racism is not being challenged or tackled according to a report published today by Race Council Cymru (RCC).
The report also says the economic climate is adding new pressures, with evidence that discrimination is increasing as the labour market shrinks and public sector cuts start to bite.
The research was undertaken by Professor Heaven Crawley at Swansea University:
Whilst race relations in Wales have improved over the past fifty years, significant challenges remain. Increasing ethnic and cultural diversity associated with migration has brought new challenges for those areas of Wales which have experienced the most rapid changes. There are also new challenges associated with the current economic downturn and associated public sector cuts which can lead to different groups being positioned as the cause of contemporary economic and social problems.