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Racism and xenophobia cases in Belgium 2008-2019

In the last decade, each year Belgian authorities registered between 820 and 1,190 cases of racism and xenophobia. The number of cases registered was lowest in 2013 and peaked in 2008. In 2019, roughly 1,140 racism cases were registered. Racism accounted for roughly one quarter of all discrimination cases in Belgium in 2016.

 Racism cases in the Netherlands 

  In Belgium’s neighboring country the Netherlands, the number of racism cases registered was considerably higher. In 2017, authorities in the Netherlands registered just over 1,900 cases of racism. The number of cases registered here peaked in 2014, at nearly 2,800 cases. The large majority of the cases registered in the Netherlands in 2018 were insults, at 72 percent. Violence was less common, but still made up 19.3 percent of all cases registered.

Racism cases in Italy

   Racism was a problem in Italy as well. Between 2010 and 2017, nearly every year there was at least one death attributable to racial violence. In 2017, seven people were killed on racial grounds. A further 37 cases of racial bodily violence were registered. That year, another 85 people reported racist insults and threats, and nearly 100 cases of racist writing were also registered.

Registered cases of racism and xenophobia in Belgium from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2019

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