Racism remains widespread in Germany, new discrimination report concludes


Discrimination continues to be widespread in Germany, according to the latest report from the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, which received more than 5,600 reports of discrimination in 2021, the majority of them racist incidents.

High number of discrimination cases in Germany in 2021

5,617 incidents of discrimination were reported to the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (ADS) last year, according to official data revealed on Tuesday. This is the second highest number of reports received by the agency since its inception in 2006. This is a significant drop from the 6,383 cases recorded in 2020, but it was noted that many complaints l The previous year had been filed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, particularly regarding mask rules.

Although discrimination can take many forms, data shows that the most common type of discrimination faced by people in Germany was racial. 37% of reports concerned discrimination based on a person’s skin color or national origin.

A high proportion of people also experienced discrimination based on disability and chronic illness (32%) and gender (20%). 9% have been discriminated against on the basis of their religion and 4% because of their sexual identity. Those who reported discrimination said it mainly affected their access to private services (33%) and their work (28%).

Anti-discrimination officer urges people to take action

Presenting the report in Berlin, Ferda Ataman, the new head of ADS, said: “The number of cases of discrimination reported to us is alarming. But it shows that more and more people are not reconciled to discrimination and are seeking help. She called on anyone who experiences discrimination to take action – if necessary by involving the police or the German courts.

Ataman further called on the federal government to give those affected by discrimination better opportunities to claim their rights, arguing that the current legal situation “puts obstacles in the way of those affected.” She said German regulations still have a long way to go to meet international standards.

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