Glossary beginning with R

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Race Relations Act 1968 search for term

A law making it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.

Racism search for term

Prejudice and discrimination against an individual or group of people, based on racial background, usually colour. The belief that one race is superior to another.

Recession search for term

A slowdown in the economy caused by a decline in economic activity for an extended period of time – usually six months or over. 

Redundancy search for term

Losing a job because an organisation doesn't require someone in that role any more. For example, if an organisation stops working in a particular place, or the job a person does can instead be done by a machine, or even if the organisation has to down size or stop operating because it is no longer profitable. 

Refugee search for term

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country. They may have been persecuted or have a fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or their political opinion. In the UK, the term means someone who has been legally recognised by the government as being in danger or facing persecution in their own country.

Remittances search for term

Money sent from one person to another, especially from a person living away from home to work, sending their wages back to their family to support them.