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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16550: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding in the report, No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland, that Scotland has a higher rate of murders that were known or suspected to have a racist element than the rest of the UK.

Answered by: Angela Constance 22 May 2018

Racism is completely unacceptable and we are committed to tackling it.

Racist incidents and racist hate crime have shown a downwards trend in Scotland in recent times, with racially motivated homicides being rare (in 2016-17, there were two victims of homicide that were reported to have had a racial motivation, representing 3 per cent of all victims in the latest year). The total number of homicides has fallen by 47% in the past ten years with racially motivated homicides accounting for just 1.1% of the overall figure.

One incident is too many though and we are resolved to do everything that it takes to ensure that Scotland is a place where there is zero tolerance of prejudice or bigotry in any form. That’s why our Race Equality Action Plan: A Fairer Scotland for All was published in December and includes over 120 actions which we will take over the lifetime of this Parliament to tackle racism and to improve the lives of minority ethnic communities in Scotland. This includes work to tackle hate crime and prejudice, and build greater community cohesion.