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Doc. 9: Police stops and minorities today

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This report focuses on respondents’ experiences of police stop-and-searches, including levels of trust in the police. It was published in 2010 by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and It is the fourth in a series of EU-MIDIS ‘Data in Focus’ reports. EU-MIDIS stands for the ‘European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey’. It is the first EU-wide survey to ask immigrant and ethnic minority groups about their experiences of discrimination and criminal victimisation in everyday life.

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  • In six out of ten Member States where minority and majority groups living in the same neighbourhoods were surveyed, minority respondents were stopped more often by the police in the last 12 months.

  • Looking at the frequency of police stops experienced by minority and majority respondents in ten Member States, those experiencing three or more police stops in a 12 month period were only represented by minorities.

  • In ten Member States where comparisons between minority and majority respondents can be made, minority respondents were generally more likely to be asked for their identity papers during police stops than majority respondents. For example – in Italy, 90% of North Africans who were stopped were asked for identity papers in comparison with 48% of majority respondents; and in Greece 88% of Roma and 48% of majority respondents were asked for identity papers.

  • More than one in five of all respondents from the groups considered that they were stopped by the police in the past 12 months because of their immigrant or ethnic minority background; Roma in Greece (39%); North Africans in Spain (31%); Roma in Hungary (24%); Sub-Saharan Africans in France (24%); and North Africans in Italy (21%).
     FRA report police stops and minorities

The entire report is provided in the download section.


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