Three out of five of Nottingham's Muslims have been victims of hate crime, new figures have revealed.
Taken from one of the largest studies ever conducted into hate crime, the report showed Muslims were the only religious group more likely to have suffered from criminal behaviour “you believe to have been at least partly motivated by prejudice”.
Many victims specifically cited Islamophobia and religion as the motivation behind the offence. Citizens UK, in collaboration with academics from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, collected the experiences of 1,202 people in Nottingham, including the frequency, causes and locations of hate crime.
The report, titled Still No Place For Hate, found more than a third (35 per cent) of all people surveyed in the city had experienced a hate crime, an increase of six per cent since the last report in 2014.
It found more than half (51 per cent) of Asians and British-Asians in Nottingham had reported being victims of hate crime, while the same applied to 45 per cent of people identifying as black, 47 per cent of people identifying as LGBT+, and 34 per cent of women.
The most common motivating factor cited by victims of hate crimes was Brexit, the study found. “Brexit elections seems to have given the British students in my school the sense of superiority over foreign students,” one respondent said. Another said the vote to leave the European Union had left immigrants feeling “less welcome”. Nationally, there were 80,393 hate crimes in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 - the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures seven years ago.