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Racist Violence Recording Network, Annual Report 2018, April 2019

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Greece, Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN)

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime

Target Population

Muslims Religious minorities Migrants People with migrant background Ethnic minorities

Key findings

In 2018, the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) recorded an increase in incidents of racist violence, especially against refugees and migrants. The RVRN recorded 74 incidents where the victims were migrants or refugees and targeted due to their ethnic origin, religion, colour, associations of third country nationals. Incidents that were carried out based on religion were 28. (The report does not clarify if the incidents involved muslims).

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

Quantitative and Qualitative data. The RVRN has been applying a strict methodology from the outset, recording incidents exclusively on the basis of interviews conducted with the victims. The victims’ willingness to come forward is therefore key in terms of the number of incidents that are actually recorded. All members of the RVRN agreed on a cooperation agreement which sets out the rights and obligations of participants, and they adopted the consolidated recording form of the RVRN. Each RVRN organisation member appoints focal points to record the incidents, i.e. social workers, lawyers, or other professionals or volunteers, who are trained by the RVRN. Recording forms are completed anonymously and used exclusively by the RVRN for the purpose of combating racism and hate crimes.

Sample details and representativeness

During the period January-December 2018, the RVRN documented, through interviews with victims, 117 incidents of racist violence, with more than 130 victims. In 74 incidents the victims were migrants or refugees on grounds of ethnic origin, religion, colour, associations of third country nationals, human rights defenders due to their connection with refugees and migrants, as well as a memorial to the victims of shipwrecks.

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