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The survey provides EU institutions and Member States for the first time with comparable data on Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of discrimination, hate-motivated crime and antisemitism. The FRA survey results will help support policy makers and other stakeholders in tackling antisemitism across the EU through more targeted and effective legal and policy responses. FRA suggests several steps to support EU and national policy makers in developing and implementing measures designed to safeguard the fundamental right of Jews.
The lack of robust and comparable data on the situation of antisemitism in the EU is such that policy makers across the EU can often only base their decisions on patchy evidence, which limits their capacity to counter antisemitism effectively. Currently, only 13 EU Member States collect official data on antisemitic incidents reported to the police or processed through the criminal justice system. The survey addresses some of these data gaps and provides comparable data.
The online survey was developed in consultation with the European Commission, national policy makers, survey experts, national and international Jewish community representatives and international organisations. The consultations also included leading professional and academic experts in the fields of Jewish population studies, antisemitism research and survey research.
The survey took place online in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom, home to some 90 % of the EU’s estimated Jewish population, in September-October 2012. In eight countries 5,847 self-identified Jewish respondents completed the survey – in Romania the number of respondents was too small to allow for a robust analysis and an overview of these results are included in annex to the survey results report.
FRA opted to use online surveying in the absence of reliable sampling frames, as it allowed self-identified Jewish people in the selected Member States to complete the survey at their own pace. The survey data collection was managed by a joint team from Ipsos MORI – a survey research company – and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), based on the data collection methodology developed with FRA.
The survey results will be published in November 2013.