Brazil: number of homicides 2006-2019, by ethnicity

Number of homicides in Brazil from 2006 to 2019, by ethnicity

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Release date

August 2021



Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Special properties

Excluding homicides in which ethnicity or skin color was not informed

Supplementary notes

* This category includes people with various shades of brown and black skin. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), brown-skinned people ("pardos") are Brazilians with mixed ethnic ancestry.
** Including people with white and yellow skin, as well as indigenous people.
Figures have been rounded.
The source notes that the notable descend of homicides registered in 2019 may be due to a deterioration in data quality, as reflected by the disproportionate increase in the number of violent deaths by undetermined manner (which grew by 69,9 percent between 2017 and 2019). Therefore, the source estimates that there could be around 5.338 more homicides than officially recorded in 2019.

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