People with black skin are exposed to racist discrimination, especially in Germany – this is the conclusion of a current study. One expert describes the trend as “shocking.”
In a study on racism against blacks in a dozen EU countries, Germany performed worst. According to the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna, 76 percent of those surveyed said they had been discriminated against because of their skin color, origin or religion in the past five years. This is the highest proportion among the 13 EU countries where people with African roots were asked about racism and discrimination. According to the study, Austria had similarly poor values.
On average, 45 percent of the almost 7,000 study participants in Europe experienced racial discrimination in recent years. According to the FRA report, the problem has become significantly worse. In a previous study from 2016, the average proportion was 39 percent. FRA director Michael O’Flaherty described the trend as “shocking”. It must be ensured “that people of African origin can also exercise their rights – without racism and discrimination,” he said. The FRA called on EU states, among other things, to collect more precise data on racist incidents and to punish racially motivated crimes more harshly.
According to the survey, Germany is also at the top when it comes to racially motivated attacks. There, 54 percent of respondents experienced harassment – the highest proportion among the 13 states. In addition, 9 percent in Germany reported personal experiences of violence. This value was only exceeded by Finland with 11 percent. More than half of the black people surveyed in Germany felt discriminated against when looking for work. The average for the 13 states was around a third. In German schools, almost 40 percent of black students are confronted with racist insults or threats, similar to Ireland, Finland and Austria.
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