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Racism classification in the European Union: Germany is in first place

Racism classification in the European Union: Germany is in first place

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Racism classification in the European Union: Germany is in first place

Today 26 October 2023 | 07:55

Nearly half of people of African descent in the European Union face racism and discrimination in their daily lives. This phenomenon has worsened in recent years, according to a report by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency published in Vienna on Wednesday. Its director, Michael O’Flaherty, made a shameful confession. Germany and Austria performed particularly poorly in many respects.

Accordingly, 76% of those surveyed in Germany reported that they had been subjected to discriminatory experiences based on their skin colour, immigration background or religion in the past five years, more than in any other EU country. In the previous poll in 2016, the percentage was 52 percent. The current EU average is 45 percent. In Austria the value was slightly lower than the German value at 72 percent.

There is also discrimination against dark-skinned people in professional life

While in 2016, on average, 39 percent of people of African descent in Europe reported racism in daily life, the proportion has now increased by 6 percentage points. O’Flaherty described it as surprising that no improvements were seen. “On the contrary: people of African descent are increasingly discriminated against simply because of the color of their skin,” he added.

According to the “Being Black in the EU” report, black people in Germany also had more bad experiences at work than any other European country among the 13 European countries included in the study. 46 percent reported that they had experienced discrimination in their workplace in the past year (EU average: 31 percent). When it comes to job searching, looking back over five years, 56% in Germany reported negative experiences; The percentage was higher only in Austria, where it reached 59 percent.

German police officers discriminate particularly frequently compared to the European Union

Likewise, Germany ranked first, or second after Austria, when it came to humiliating experiences in the areas of education and health as well as racist attacks. Of those surveyed in Germany who had been stopped by police in the past 12 months, 69% said it was because of the color of their skin.


The European Agency for Fundamental Rights data comes from a broader online survey of migrants and their descendants. The current report evaluated the responses of more than 6,700 people of African descent living in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Spain. The number of participants in Germany was 579 people and in Austria 454 people.