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Nicoletti, I., Starl, K., Europäisches Trainings- und Forschungszentrum für Menschenrechte und Demokratie (2017), Hate crime in Styria. Survey on racist and xenophobia motivated crimes in Styria and recommendations for action (Hate Crime in der Steiermark Erhebung von rassistisch und fremdenfeindlich motivierten Straftaten in der Steiermark und Handlungsempfehlungen), Graz, Antidiskriminierungsstelle Steiermark

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Type of publication

Survey - quantitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

AT223 - Östliche Obersteiermark AT224 - Oststeiermark AT225 - West- und Südsteiermark AT226 - Westliche Obersteiermark

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Anti-Discrimination Agency Styria | Antidiskriminierungsstelle Steiermark

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime

Target Population


Key findings

The study provides information on the frequency of (unreported) hate crimes in Styria. 39% of respondents reported that in the last 12 months they have been insulted or threatened at least once because of their skin colour, religion or origin. 17% have been affected more than three times. 9% have been at least once physically attacked within the last 12 months. Racist and xenophobic offenses most often happen in the public sphere and in public transport.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

quantitative, questionnaire

Sample details and representativeness

1,112 respondents. Short and easy questionnaires (1 page) were translated into 11 languages and distributed via counselling services for migrants, migrant NGOs as well as religious communities. Data was collected between October 2016 and February 2017; sample is not representative but the authors cared to achieve a diverse sample in terms of nationalities, educational level, length of stay in Austria and age.

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