Immigrant Council monitoring racist incidents here after UK sees post-Brexit spike

Immigrant Council monitoring racist incidents here after UK sees post-Brexit spike

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said it is monitoring the situation here closely after a spike in racism in the UK following Brexit.

The fallout from the British vote to leave the EU has triggered an increase in racist incidents with eyewitnesses taking to social media to describe abuse they have encountered.

Immigrants have reported being verbally abused in public using the hashtag #PostRefRacism on Twitter and Facebook.

Read: These are just some of the awful racist incidents in the UK since the Brexit referendum

Meanwhile, two men who were arrested after a US Army veteran was racially abused on a tram in Manchester have now been bailed.

Read: Teenagers launch racist tirade aboard Manchester tram

Teresa Buczkowska from the Immigrant Council of Ireland said there had not been any increase in reports in Ireland so far, but they will be keeping a close eye on the situation.

"We haven’t seen that in our statistics yet, which is a good sign, but the Government has to ensure that it stays that way by making a strong statement that immigration in Ireland is a positive feature of Irish life," she said.

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