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BBC Wales's Gail Foley reports
"Victims of racism often find it difficult to stand up against the abuse"
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BBC Wales's Cath Steward reports
"The type of problems people face include isolation and ignorance"
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Friday, 1 December, 2000, 21:33 GMT
Hidden racism under the spotlight
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Racism is a problem in both urban and rural areas
The problem of racism in rural areas of Wales is to be discussed at a conference in north Wales.

The Wales Community Development Foundation has said there are growing numbers of people from ethnic minorities living in the Welsh countryside.

The latest figures available - from the 1991 census - revealed that 1.5% of the Welsh population is black or from an ethnic minority.

The conference in Llandudno was told new approaches are needed to tackle racism throughout Wales and that rural areas should not be forgotten.

According to a recent report by the Commission, called 'Unheard Cries', racism in rural areas can take many forms.

Unemployment is often twice as high among the ethnic minority population in the countryside as it is among whites.

Unreported incidents

Because there are few people from ethnic minorities in rural areas - and because they are often isolated - the problems of rural life can be exacerbated.

Iintimidation, abuse and violence can destroy lives but many incidents go unreported.

The Community Development Foundation, a public body funded by the Home Office, has a long track record in Wales.

The Foundation advises the National Assembly on community development, social inclusion and economic regeneration.

The conference discussed what approaches the Assembly can take to tackle rural racism, with reference to education, social services and culture.

The event - organised in conjunction with the Commission for Racial Equality - also coincided with the launch of a new organisation, the North Wales Race Equality Network.

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