Fundamental Rights Agency reports on hate crime

In November 2012, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights published two reports on hate crime and minorities as victims of crime.

‘Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims’ rights’ outlines a fundamental rights approach to hate crime and offers a comparative analysis of official data collection mechanisms on hate crime in the EU Member States. It highlights challenges inherent in recording hate crime and considers how the scope of official data collection can be broadened to enable Member States to meet obligations toward victims of hate crime.

The second report, ‘EU-MIDIS Data in Focus 6: Minorities as Victims of Crime’, presents data on respondents’ experiences of victimisation across five types of crime, from theft to serious harassment. One section of the report looks specifically at minorities as victims of racist crime. The report shows that every fourth person (24 %) of the 23,500 respondents to the EU-MIDIS survey – the first EU-wide survey to specifically sample ethnic minority and immigrant groups on their perception of racially or ethnically motivated crime – said they had been a victim of crime at least once in the 12 months preceding the survey. On average, 18% of all Roma and 18% of all sub-Saharan African respondents in the survey indicated that they had experienced at least one racially motivated crime in the last 12 months.

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