Fewer official complaints about racism, anti-semitism last year
official complaints about racism, anti-semitism last year
There was a decline in the number of racist and anti-Muslim incidents in the Netherlands last year, but a rise in threats against Jewish institutions, according to a new report by the Verwey-Jonker Institute on behalf of the Anne Frank foundation.
This is the seventh report into racism, anti-semitism and far right violence in the Netherlands and is based on formal police complaints.
In total, officials received 3,486 complaints about racism or anti-semitism last year, down from 4,038 in 2016. Of these, 1,902 cases were racist in nature with people of Turkish and Moroccan origin most likely to be singled out for verbal abuse.
A further 583 complaints involved anti-semitic verbal abuse, most of which took place in Rotterdam and The Hague. One explanation for this could be the relationship with football chants, the report said.