Racial discrimination is increasing at an alarming rate in Europe, according to a new report titled Being Black in the EU. Here’s the story.
Shocking New Study
According to a new study, almost half of the more than 6,000 people of African descent who were surveyed reported experiencing discrimination on a racial basis.
These results signal a concerning rise in racist incidents in Europe, with racism described as “pervasive and relentless” in many countries.
Being Black in the EU
The survey, titled Being Black in the EU, was put together by an EU rights agency known as the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
It aimed to study the experiences of people of African descent residing in the EU, and the discoveries were shocking.
Half of All People
The union agency found worryingly high levels of racism experienced by Black people in Europe.
Of the 6,752 participants, more than half reported instances of racial discrimination, such as verbal abuse toward their children, racial profiling by police, and being rejected for rental homes.
Six Percent Rise
Based on calculations, 45% of participants had experienced discrimination.
The same survey taken back in 2016 reported 39%, revealing a six-point jump in the last 7 years.
The participants in the survey were residents of 13 countries in western and southern Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
Germany and Austria
Of all 13 countries, the worst rates of discrimination against Black people occurred in Austria and Germany.
76% of participants in Germany and 52% in Austria reported incidents in the last 5 years.
Not a Coincidence
But for many these results from Germany and Austria are not a surprise or even a coincidence. Both countries have seen a rise in far-right political parties in recent years.
Alternative für Deutschland, an anti-immigration party, is now the third-largest in Germany, and the Freedom Party, first led by a Former SS officer in 1956, is leading in the polls in Austria.
The director of the FRA, Michael O’Flaherty, has slammed the report as “shameful.”
He insisted that better census-taking on ethnic diversity in these countries was the best way to understand the issue and combat it.
No Place in Society
“Racism and discrimination should have no place in our societies,” O’Flaherty said.
“The EU and its member states should use these findings to better target their efforts and ensure people of African descent, too, can enjoy their rights freely without racism and discrimination.”
Daily Life Is Affected
What’s more, the incidents of racism reported are the kind that affect the participant’s everyday lives, signaling an unfair and unequal disadvantage compared to non-Black EU citizens.
Homes and Police Stops
One in four participants claimed that they had been prevented from renting a home based on race and/or ethnicity, and approximately half that amount also reported experiencing racial profiling during police stops.
Even Children Are Affected
In a particularly concerning turn, 23% of participants described experiencing racialized threats and offensive comments made to their children and targeted at either their immigrant status or ethnic minority.
And it isn’t just children – young people of African descent in general are struggling more than other races in the EU.
They are three times more likely to leave school early than their non-African counterpart.
All participants were either born in Sub-Saharan African countries or were born in Europe to at least one immigrant parent of Sub-Saharan African descent.
Not the End of the Matter
These are just some of the stunning inequities that have been unveiled in the newest FRA report.
With the perceived rise of anti-Black racism in Europe and far-right groups in the West, there may be even more concerning surveys to come.
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