Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Migrants and minorities in the UK

Journalist and author, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown shares her thoughts on migrants and minorities in the UK, and the necessity for politicians to show leadership to change the rhetoric of hate.



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About Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to the UK in 1972 from Uganda after completing her English undergraduate degree at Makerere University. She went to Oxford as a post-graduate student and was awarded an M.Phil in Literature in 1975.

Yasmin has since enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, the Mail and other newspapers and was a regular columnist on The Independent for 18 years. She writes regular columns for the I Newspaper and Sunday Times Magazine.

Her book portfolio includes: No Place Like Home (1995), True Colours (1999), After Multiculturalism (2000), Who Do We Think We Are? (2001), Mixed Feelings (2001), The Settler’s Cookbook (2008), Refusing the Veil (2014) and Exotic England (2015).

She has received widespread praise for her contribution to political and racial debates throughout her career. In June 1999, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice. In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in the new year’s honours list, a medal she returned in 2003 as a protest the illegal war in Iraq, and in 2002 she was awarded the prestigious George Orwell prize for political journalism. In July 2003, Liverpool John Moore’s University made her an Honorary Fellow and in September 2004 she was awarded an honorary degree by the Oxford Brookes University. In 2008 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by York St John University. In 2016 she won the National Press Award Columnist of the Year.

More recently she has been voted one of the top ten most powerful Asians in Britain and one of the most influential voices on the left and took up a part-time, tenured post as Professor of Journalism at London’s Middlesex University, alongside her charity - Muslims for Secular Democracy - promoting democratic values among young British Muslims.

She frequently appears on BBC’s Any Questions and Question Time, Channel4 News and other current affairs programmes and has presented programmes on radio and TV. She is also a regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations and a diversity adviser to global.

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