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By Taimour Fazlaniand Arooj Khan

‘Nigel Farage will give Britain its voice back’
‘British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour’
‘5000 new people settle here every week, say no to mass immigration!’

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Xenophobia – fear of foreigners – is rife at this particular moment, given UKIP’s success in the recent local and European elections.

Nigel Farage’s admission that he would feel ‘uncomfortable’ if a Romanian family moved in next door to him is a racialisation that conjures vivid contemporary images and associations. This in turn suggests that skin colour in the UK may not be the singular focus of racism as it was in the past. However the types of racist abuse and exclusions that certain white migrant groups are now facing have a disconcerting resonance with the earlier experiences of black and Asian migrants to the UK in the 1950s and 60s. Last year the owner…

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