Fewer complaints about discrimination made to police last year

The number of reports about discrimination made to the Dutch police fell by around one fifth last year, Trouw reported on Wednesday.

In particular, the number of reports of anti-Muslim discrimination were also down by one fifth, after tripling in 2015, the paper said.

‘We expected the number of complaints about anti-Muslim discrimination to rise again, so this is a puzzle,’ police spokesman Joop Kemperman told the paper.

Last year police put the rise in anti-Muslim discrimination down to the Paris attacks and the surge in asylum claims made by people from Islamic countries.

Race and skin colour were the issue in 42% of complaints received by the police and many of last year’s related to television presenter turned politician Sylvana Simons. Some 7% of complaints were related to religion.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation