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ECRI Report,(fifth monitoring cycle). Published on 13 October 2015

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Monitoring body


ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination Hate crime

Target Population

Muslims Migrants People with migrant background

Key findings

The Austrian Police reports on hate crime referring to the statistics in the report on the Protection of the Constitution. In 2013, 574 acts committed with bias motivations were recorded (2012:519). 10.6% of these were classified as racist motivations were recorded (2012: 519). 10.6% of these were classified as racist and xenophobic (2012: 11.4%), 6.5% as anti-Semitic (2012: 5.2%), 2.1% as Islampohobic (2012: 0.8%), and 64.6% as right-wing extremist (2012: 56.4%).
Experts and civil society consider that hate speech is generally under-reported.
The Service for the Protection of the Constitution (SPC) reports that a new generation of right wing extremist organisations has appeared, which present racist views through ‘more diplomatic propaganda’ and aim at recruitment young people to a large extent from universities and student fraternities (Burschenschaften).
Racism on the internet and social media is on the rise. In 2013 the number of cases denounced on a police website for reporting Nazi activities rose to 1900 .

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

The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.

Sample details and representativeness

ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

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.