Afrophobic hate crimes grow in Sweden

Swedes with an African background suffer more violent attacks than other minorites in the country, according to a report by daily Svenska Dagbladet which shows that reports of afrophobic hate crimes have increased by 41 percent between 2008 and 2014.

"Afrophobic crimes increase dramatically. It is also the case in other European countries," says Tobias Hübinette, lecturer at Karlstad University.

Hübinette conducted a study on the situation of Swedes with African origins in 2014, at the request of Erik Ullenhag, who was Sweden's integration minister at the time.

"These hate crimes usually take place in public spaces, they normally include threats or physical violence and the perpetrators are rarely acquainted with the victims," Hübinette says.