The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released on 9 December the European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU MIDIS), the first ever EU-wide survey of over 23,000 individuals from ethnic minority and immigrant groups about their experiences of discrimination, racist crime, and policing in the EU. The results reveal shocking evidence about the discrimination faced by minorities in everyday life; in the classroom, when looking for work, at the doctor's, or in shops.
1 in 4 (24%) of all respondents was a victim of crime at least once in the last 12 months. Members of minority groups, often stereotyped as criminals themselves, can clearly also be victims of crime in need of assistance, protection, and support.
The survey exposes the serious lack of awareness of anti discrimination legislation amongst ethnic minority and immigrant groups. Almost half (46%) of respondents were unaware that legislation exists forbidding discrimination against people on the basis of their ethnicity in relation to shops, restaurants, bars or clubs.
82% of those who were discriminated
against in the past 12 months did not report their most recent experience of
discrimination either at the place where it occurred or to a competent
authority. The most common reason for non-reporting was the belief that
‘nothing would happen’.