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Spain, Ministry of Interior (2018), Report on incidents related to hate crimes (Informe sobre la evolución de los incidentes relacionados con los delitos de odio en España 2017), Madrid, Ministry of Interior.

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage

National Regional Local

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Public authority


Spain, Ministry of Interior – State Secretariat for Security |Ministerio del Interior - Secretaria de Estado de Seguridad

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence

Target Population

General population

Key findings

The National Ministry Report on incidents related to hate crimes highlights that:
A new National Office to fight Hate Crimes was set up.
The total number of hate crimes in 2017 were 1,419 incidents, an increase of 11.6% compared to 2016. The events recorded mark an almost widespread rise of the values.
The areas of "anti-Semitism", "discrimination on the basis of sex/gender" and "functional diversity" are exceptions, with a decrease by -14.3%, -14.6% and -91.2%, respectively. However, this drastic reduction could be explained by its inclusion under the scope of “functional diversity” (affected by a new methodology of computation). The 3 areas that record the most incidents are: "religious beliefs or practices", "ideology" and "racism/xenophobia", with a variation from the previous year of 119.1%, 72.2% and 26, 0%.

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

Survey - quantitative research

Sample details and representativeness

The data were obtained through the Crime Statistics System (statistical system of criminality (SEC)). For its computation takes into account the facts that have being acknowledge by the following police corps: Guardia Civil, the National Police, the independent police of the different autonomous communities (Ertzaintza and Mossos d'esquadra and Policía Foral de Navarra) as well as the Local Police groups. It was complemented with the "Survey on Experiences with Hate Crime Incidents", which was active from 15 March to 31 December 2017 on the website of the Ministry of the Interior. 191 participants participated: university studies (47.2%), Spanish nationality (75.9%), between the ages of 26 to 40 (38.7%), resident in the provinces of Madrid, Barcelona and Murcia, and with employment status as an employee (53.9%)

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