Scotland: Muslims almost half of racist incident victims
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2004-05 to 2008-09. This publication presents the latest figures on racist incidents recorded by Scottish Police Forces.
The main findings are:
There were 5,123 racist incidents recorded in 2008-09, compared to the 5,244 incidents recorded in 2007-08. This equates to a two per cent decrease on 2007-08.
The number of crimes decreased in 2008-09 (from 6,673 crimes in 2007-08 to 6,590 crimes in 2008-09), which equates to a decrease of one per cent.
In 2008-09, around 98 per cent of incidents reported resulted in one or more crimes being recorded.
The most frequently recorded crime in 2008-09 was racially aggravated conduct, accounting for 58 per cent of all racist related crimes recorded.
In 2008-09, around 48 per cent of victims, for which ethnic origin was known, were of Asian origin (that is, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or other Asian), with the majority being Pakistani.
For those incidents where perpetrator information was available, approximately 96 per cent of perpetrators, for which ethnic origin was known, were of white origin.
Source: eGov Monitor (English)