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UNIA, Annual Figures Report, Year 2017 (Rapport Annuel Chiffres, Année 2017/Cijferverslag 2017)

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Human rights or equality body


Belgium, UNIA Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Centre interfédéral pour l’égalité des chances/ Interfederaal Gelijkekansencentrum/Interföderales Zentrum für Chancengleichheit)

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence

Target Population

General population

Key findings

UNIA publishes in this report various figures for the year. In total UNIA has registered 6602 complaints and opened 2017 new files. For race discrimination, 782 cases were opened, 34,8% of all files and a rise of 12% from 2016. For religious beliefs, 319 cases were opened with 92% of them related to Islam. The number of cases related to internet and social media and in society has reduced, following a significant increase following the attacks in France and Belgium in previous years. 85% of the files related to religious belief relate to Islam.

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

Survey - quantitative research

Sample details and representativeness

The numbers are based on the cases opened by UNIA in 2017 after receiving a complaint for discrimination (total 6602 in 2017).

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