Anti-Immigrant Hate Crime

  • William F. McDonald
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


The FBI does not provide statistics on hate crimes against immigrants. Media and anecdotal reports indicate that immigrants are frequent victims of hate crime. These crimes range from verbal threats and harassment to lynchings and massacres to beheading and burying aliens (claimed). Hate crime statistics in Great Britain are divided into five categories, in which one or more hate crime strands are deemed to be a motivating factor (race, sexual, religious, disability, transgender). Crimes motivated by the victim being an immigrant or foreigner might be counted in any of the five categories. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in hate crime in England and Wales. The increase cannot be attributed to anti-immigrant sentiments. Media items in the wake of an attack by Muslim extremists document the hateful reactions.


Heterogeneity London New York City Terrorist Muslim Brexit Hate crime 


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  • William F. McDonald
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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