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Racist Crime Reported to the Police in Finland

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Comparison of Register-Based Data and Victimization Survey

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It is estimated that one third of racist harassment incidents is reported in Finland. The percentage of all racist crimes reported to the police is presumably significantly lower. Even though crime reporting in general has been studied, there is fairly little research done on crime reporting of minorities. In this paper register-based data retrieved from the official Finnish police registers is compared with European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey. The variables examined are age and gender of the victim and relationship between the victim and offender. Based on the data available the impact of these characteristics to exposure of racist crimes is examined by comparing the main differences between Somali and Russian minorities. The results indicate that only small part of the racist incidents is reported to the police in both minority groups and that lower number of racist crimes is actually reported to the police than victims describe in the victimization survey.

Affiliations: 1: Police College of Finland, Tampere, Finland,; 2: Police College of Finland, Tampere, Finland


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