Dramatic Increase In Racism Reports

44 cases of racism and discrimination have been reported to stopracism@immigrantcouncil.ie in the first two months of 2014, compared to five cases in the same period last year, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Releasing preliminary figures for January and February, the Council highlighted that more than a quarter of cases involve the targeting of people in their homes or local community. In addition, more than half have been classed as 'serious criminal offences'.

Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council, said the figures again show that there can be no complacency when it comes to racism and every opportunity should be used to assure victims that they have nothing to fear in coming forward.

She said: "It is clear that racism is a reality which individuals and families are facing on a daily basis in Ireland. We have long suspected that official statistics were not giving an accurate picture of what is happening in our communities and the these figures confirm that.

"The increase of over 800% in reported cases when compared with the same two months last year follows extensive awareness campaigns by the Immigrant Council of Ireland on public transport, social media and on the airwaves.

"We have been working hard to re-assure victims that they when they come forward their complaints will be taken seriously, that they will be offered information and support and that it is important that cases are documented to ensure that racism is treated as a serious issue at every level."


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