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Blažek, M., Andrášová, S., Paulenová, N. (2013), Experiences of young migrants in Slovakia with violence (Skúsenosti migrantov a migrantiek na Slovensku s násilím), survey conducted by IOM, Bratislava

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Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


IOM | International Organization for Migration

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime

Target Population


Key findings

The research explored experiences of migrants with violence, risk factors leading to violence and existing policies pertaining to protection of migrants from violence. One of the topics covered by the research were hate crimes, i.e. violent incidents against migrants motivated by hate. Up to 6,1% of all respondents said they had been physically assaulted in public due to their ethnicity or for being visible different. Such experiences were most often reported by respondents from African countries and by Muslim respondents. More than 21% reported they had been verbally assaulted in public due to their cultural difference. It was mostly migrants from African countries and Muslims who reported this.

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

The pilot phase of the research included interviews with representatives of different migrant communities (so called cultural mediators) who then assisted with data collection. Quantitative survey among migrants using a questionnaire in 11 different languages containing 137 questions. Topics covered: perception of violence, experiences with studying, working etc. in Slovakia, experience with domestic violence, violence in public, perception of public institutions and available support.

Sample details and representativeness

The research commenced with a qualitative phase during which 86 individual interviews were conducted with migrants (from 32 different countries of origin) and experts working in the field of migration. After the qualitative phase, 690 respondents of quantitative survey from different countries, mainly Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, China and Serbia.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.