UNHCR: Racist attacks in Greece hit 'alarming' levels

By REUTERS
October 23, 2012 22:04

 
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ATHENS - Racially motivated attacks have risen to alarming levels in Greece and authorities are doing little to tackle the problem, the UN refugee agency said in a report on Tuesday.

Greece is a major gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union and immigrants face growing hostility as the debt-laden country goes through its worst economic downturn in six decades.

The agency said 87 racist attacks were recorded by rights and migrant groups between January and September this year, calling the results "exceptionally alarming." Actual numbers were likely to be far higher since victims were either too scared to report attacks to the police or turned away, it said.

Most victims were attacked in public spaces such as squares or on public transport, usually by groups of men dressed in black and at times wearing helmets or with their faces covered.

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