The Pears Institute led a pan-European research project, ‘Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today’ commissioned by the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation (EVZ) based in Berlin.
This extensive research project explored whether immigration from the Middle East and North Africa since 2011 has had an impact on antisemitic attitudes and behaviour in Western Europe. The research, conducted in 2016/2017, centred on Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
The study reviewed existing quantitative and qualitative data from the 1990s to 2017, augmented with new qualitative research to investigate the experiences and opinions of a range of actors from government departments and agencies and the police, to civil society, including both Jewish and refugee/migrant organizations.
The findings and recommendations of the research were presented at the Houses of Parliament on 23 April 2018.
The full set of research reports, Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today: Is There a Connection? was published by the Institute in April 2018.
The research was led by Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute, with the following academic partners:
Professor Marco Martiniello and Dr Muriel Sacco
Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM) Université de Liège and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Professor Nonna Mayer and Ms Elodie Druez
Centre d‘études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po, Paris
Professor Leo Lucassen and Dr Annemarike Stremmelaar
Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Amsterdam and Universiteit Leiden
Professor Stefanie Schüler Springorum and Dr Mathias Berek (with assistance from Ms Patricia Piberger)
Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin
Dr Ben Gidley (with assistance from Dr Jan Davison, Dr Rachel Humphris and Ms Ieisha James)
Birkbeck, University of London