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Overall numbers of racist & hate crime

Key Area:
Racist violence - Hate Speech Statistics
27/02/2012 - 11:37
Short Answer

There are no overall numbers for racist and hate-motivated crimes. Such definition is not used by the entities that collect data on racism. 

Qualitative Info

Data on racist and hate crime is disperse within different entities like the Police, the Comissão para a Igualdade e Contra a Discriminação Racial (CICDR)  [Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination] and the Unidade de Apoio à Vítima Imigrante e de Discriminação Racial ou Étnica (UAVIDRE) [Unit for the Support to Immigrant Victims and Victims of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination]. But not all the complaints presented to this entities fall under the category of crime. Most of them are simple contra-ordenações [minor offences] sanctioned with a fine.


The only data available on racist crimes comes from Police authorities and it can be found on their statistics under the heading “Crimes of racial and religious discrimination”. The number of occurrences per year are:


2010: 15


2009: 13


2008:  -


2007: 10


2006: 12


2005: 10


2004:  4


2003:  3


2002:  4


2001:  -


2000:  3

Numbers of cases
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Exemplary cases
Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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