Scotland’s problem with racism

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Racist murders are more common in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, according to a shock academic study into the extent of prejudice.

A new book titled ‘No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland’ insists the belief Scotland is immune to racism and “culturally different” to England is condemned as a “misleading fantasy”.

The analysis shows the rate of racist murders is higher on average in Scotland than in the UK as a whole.

Between 2000 and 2013, there were 1.8 murders per million people with a known or suspected race element in Scotland. The equivalent figure for the UK was just 1.3 murders per million people.

Carol Young, senior policy officer for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, said the stats show the idea that Scotland doesn’t have a problem with racism is false.

You can read more about the Coalition on Racial Equality and Rights here.




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