Number of hate crimes in Italy 2018, by type

The Italian police recorded over one thousand hate crimes in 2018. 232 were classified as incitement to violence, which was the most common hate crime that occurred in Italy. Further 205 hate crimes were physical assaults, and one case was homicide. The cases recorded were hate crimes having ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, anti-Semitism as bias-motivation, as well as bias against Roma and Sinti, and people with disabilities.

Targeted groups of hate crimes

  Most of the known hate crimes were related to racism and xenophobia. In 2018, 801 reports concerned this bias. Among these crimes, the most frequent ones were incitement to violence, desecration of graves, physical assaults, and threats. People with disabilities were the second most targeted group. The Italian police registered 74 cases of physical assaults and 53 thefts or robberies to people with handicaps.

Opinion on measures against this growing hate

  In the last years, the number of hates crimes in Italy rose. However, in a survey conducted in 2019, most of the Italians believed that the measures adopted against discrimination were effective. In October 2019, the Italian Senate voted in favor of the establishment of a special committee to combat racial hate. A survey about this Extraordinary Commission show that a large part of Italian interviewees was in favor of its establishment. The Commission was proposed by the Senator Liliana Segre, Holocaust survivor. In fact, the committee was also named “Segre Commission”.

Number of hate crimes recorded by the police in Italy in 2018, by type

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November 2019



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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information " The data presented here includes information from the police database (SDI) and information gathered by the Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD). The breakdown below consists of: (i) SDI data covering the following bias motivations: "race/colour"; ethnicity; nationality; language; anti-Semitism; bias against Roma and Sinti; bias against Muslims; and bias against members of other religions; and (ii) OSCAD data on hate crimes motivated by bias against "sexual orientation and transgender identity" and bias against people with "disability"."

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