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Mlekuž, A. (ed.) (2016), Why thinking on the refugee crisis: populism, xenophobia and hate speech (Zakaj misliti begunsko krizo: populizem, ksenofobija in sovražni govor), Conference Proceedings, Ljubljana, The Educational Research Institute (Pedagoški inštitut).

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Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



Slovenia, The Educational Research Institute | Pedagoški inštitut

Main Thematic Focus

Hate speech Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

Refugees & Asylum seekers

Key findings

In Slovenia, like in other EU countries, anti-Islamic discourse and xenophobia are becoming stronger after mass arrivals of refugees. We can witness a radical relativisation of concepts such as humanity, solidarity, tolerance, and fear in relation to refugees. Many marginalised groups are victims of hate speech and refugees are no exception. Moreover there is often a lot of stereotyping of Muslim refugees. In Slovenia there is a lack of mechanisms against hate speech. Furthermore, criminal definition of hate speech clearly leaves to much doubt and different interpretations to be effective. That is why a social reaction, if it is consistent, can sometimes be more effective against hate speech.

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

Qualitative methods

Sample details and representativeness

not relevant

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