Racist crime

Every day ethnic and religious minorities face racist crime and violence across the EU. They are not targeted randomly by perpetrators, but simply because of who they are or perceived as. Racist crimes must be recorded, reported, investigated, prosecuted and result in criminal sanctions. read more

Quick Facts

  • 1 in 4 respondents from a minority group has been a victim of crime at least once in the past year
  • 47,210 racist crimes were officially recorded in the EU in 2013, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg
  • 40 to 60% of reported racist crimes are not fully investigated by police in the Czech Republic and Italy


  • What is a hate crime?
  • What is a racist crime?
  • What is hate speech?

Our members’ work

Check out ENAR member organisations’ initiatives on racist crime and speech at national and local level


Racist crime in Europe - increasing, under-reported, destroying lives


With the support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, the Open Society Foundations, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Sigrid Rausing Trust