Experience of discrimination

The figures below indicate how many people feel discriminated against and which groups are most likely to experience negative treatment. Everyday situations in which discriminatory actions or words are experienced are also examined.

Throughout the population, 3% say that they have been subject to physical violence, 11% to mental violence and 24% to discrimination. 28% say that they have been subjected to at least one type of discrimination over the past five years.

58% of the victims said they were discriminated against because of their nationality and 27% because of their language or accent. The following grounds of discrimination are then mentioned: gender (19%), professional position (18%), religion (15%) and distinctive physical appearance (15%). 11% of victims say they have been subject to unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin.

Among people who reported having experienced discrimination in the past five years, half (50%) say it occurred at work or when looking for work. 25% of victims say they have been subject to unfair treatment in public spaces and 24% in other non-specified situations. 19% of persons have been subject to discrimination in education and 11% each when looking for accommodation or during leisure time. 8% said they have experienced unfair treatment when dealing with the police and 10% when dealing with public authorities.

Racial discrimination

Further information




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