Half of Belgians make racist statements

29th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2006, BRUSSELS — More than half of Belgian residents admit they have made racist comments in the past, a survey revealed on Monday.

29 May 2006

BRUSSELS — More than half of Belgian residents admit they have made racist comments in the past, a survey revealed on Monday.

But 55 percent of those surveyed said racism is not punished severely enough, newspaper 'La Derniere Heure' reported.

Two-thirds of respondents in Flanders believe that the extreme-right will attract a higher number of votes at the October local elections.

The survey was conducted by research agency Belga-iVox, which questioned 1,010 people on Saturday.

Of the Belgians who have made racist comments, 3.3 percent admit they do that on a regular basis and the rest do it occasionally. Some 42 percent said they have never made a racist statement.

Some 15.2 percent said they don't know any racists. Of those that do, 15.2 percent said they have family who are racists, 27 percent have racist friends, 36.3 percent have racist neighbours and 32.4 percent have racist colleagues.

A majority of 55 percent think racism is not punished hard enough in Belgium, while 18 percent think current procedures are satisfactory, and the rest have no opinion.

Some 78.7 percent of respondents said they had never been the victim of racism.

A majority of 63.2 percent believe that racism is worsening in Flanders, while 43.1 percent think the problem is worsening in Brussels and 26.7 percent in Wallonia.

A quarter of respondents (26.8 percent) believe that the number of racist incidents is not increasing in Belgium.

Some 66.3 percent in Flanders believe that the extreme-right will win more votes at the local elections in October. That figure falls to one-third in Brussels and 25.9 percent in Wallonia.

In Flanders, 33.4 percent think the extreme-right will not win more votes at the elections.

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Subject: Belgian news

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