Racism and Social Marginalisation: A Comparative Study of Three EU Member States

Susan McVie, Susan Wiltshire

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This research report presents the findings of a research studyconducted by researchers from France, Spain and the UK on behalf of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) during 2008/09. The research involved a self-report survey of around 1,000 children between the ages of 12 and 18 (young people) in each ofthe three Member States – 3,000 took part in the research survey in total. The survey set out to explore possiblerelationships between young people’s experiences of discrimination and social marginalisation, including experiences of racism, and their attitudes towards and actual engagement in violent behaviours. The main finding from the study suggests a strong relationship between experiences of violence and discrimination; namely those who reported that they were discriminated against were significantly more likely to have also experienced emotional and physical violence, both as a victim and as a perpetrator. In addition, those who had experienced these forms of violence were significantly more likely to feel alienated or socially marginalised. This was equally the case for young people from a Muslim and non-Muslim background. This indicates that the experience of discrimination or violence is not necessarily related to religious background. This conclusion is supported by the analysis of results from the research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherEuropean Agency for Fundamental Rights
Commissioning bodyEuropean Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Muslim
  • discrimination
  • marginalisation
  • violence
  • comparative
  • quantitative


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