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Home Office (2016) Hate Crime, England and Wales, 2015/16, 13 October 2016

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Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - regional level

Type of Institution

Public authority


UK Home Office

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime

Target Population

General population Muslims Migrants Refugees & asylum seekers Ethnic minorities Religious minorities People with migrant background People of African descent & Black Europeans LGBTI

Key findings

In 2015/16 there were 49,419 race hate crimes (an increase of 15%) reported to the police and 4,4000 religious hate crimes (an increase of 34%). Race hate crime was the most commonly recorded strand of hate crime. Spikes in race and religious hate crime were observed following significant events. The data showed that racially and religiously aggravated offences are more likely to be dealt with by a charge or summons. In 2015/16 there were 58,197 racist incidents (a broader category that includes any incident perceived as racist) recorded. Annex A deals specifically with the spike in hate crime following the EU Referendum in June 2016. The number of racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police in July 2016 saw a 41% increase from July 2015, this increase is not replicated in other strands of hate crime.

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

This report details the number of hate crimes reported to the police. In England and Wales hate crime monitoring is disaggregated across five strands: race or ethnicity; religion or beliefs; sexual orientation; disability; and transgender identity. This report does not disaggregate any further within these categories, therefore anti-migrant hate crime is documented alongside all race hate crime and anti-Muslim hate crime is documented alongside all other religious hate crime.

Sample details and representativeness

This report details the number of hate crimes reported to the police.

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