The dark numbers, hate crimes in Denmark

In recent years, Danish police have seen an increase in reported hate crimes.

When defining a hate crime, the Danish police divide the definition into 3 categories based on the crime’s motive; motivated by sexual orientation, religiously motivated, and racially motivated. Racially motivated hate crimes include, among other things, motives involving nationality, ethnicity, race, and skin color. In the period between 2015-2018, the number of hate crimes reported to the police and with a racial motive, increased by over 100 percent. (from 104 cases in 2015 to 260 cases in 2018). Individually, the increase in reports may indicate that more people feel confident in reporting hate crimes in Denmark. However, further research paints another picture.

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