Better recording of hate crime across the EU will help Member States continue to fight this persistent problem. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report provides compelling evidence of what Member States are already doing with tips on how they can improve.
“Any hate crime system is only as good as the information it gets,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “To send a strong and clear message that hate will not be tolerated in Europe, Member States need to be even smarter in their approach to measuring hate crime. This helpful report is a key resource to guide those efforts.”
Victimisation surveys, such as the ones conducted by FRA, continue to underline how hate crime and hate-motivated harassment towards many groups – migrants, LGBTI people and minorities - persist across the EU. However, official statistics rarely tell the same story undermining societal trust in the systems that are there to protect them.
The ‘Hate crime recording and data collection practice across the EU’ report shows how national police, legislators and policy makers recognise the need to improve hate crime recording. They acknowledge this will help honour Member States’ commitments to combat prejudice and create inclusive societies.
The report’s overview of practices across all 28 Member States builds on the activities of FRA’s subgroup on methodologies for recording and collecting hate crime data and the online compendium of practices. Drawing on these practices, it suggests how Member States could improve:
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