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First EU-wide survey of police checks and ethnicity

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It might not surprise people in minority groups that police in Europe are more likely to do control checks on them. The European Agency for Fundamental Rights has come out with the first EU-wide survey on this, presenting its results at a symposium at the European Police College.

The agency said that discriminatory ethnic profiling contributes to alienating people in certain communities, and that could mean inefficient policing.

In Greece, Roma respondents in the survey said, on average, that they were stopped six times a year, while majority population respondents said they were stopped twice.

The European Police College said it places importance on helping to build confidence in policing in all parts of society, and that protecting fundamental rights is central to this.

The Rights Agency said it interviewed 23,000 immigrants and members of ethnic minorities, and 5,000 members of majority populations in the 27 EU member states.