Race-motivated hate crimes most common type in other countries

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According to the 2007 international Hate Crime Survey conducted by Human Rights First, there are over 30 countries in Europe and North America that have adopted hate crime legislation (McClintock and LeGendre, 2007b). However, only Canada, Sweden and the United States publicly report hate crime statistics according to the categories of race, religion and sexual orientation. It is important to note that caution should be used when comparing between countries as legislative responses, implementation strategies and definitions of hate crime often differ.

As in Canada, race/ethnicity-based hate crimes were the most common type reported in the United States (65%) and Sweden (67%). The United States also reported religion-motivated hate crimes as the second-most common type. In contrast, Sweden reported sexual orientation as the second-most common type of hate crime, accounting for 21% of all hate crimes, while religion accounted for 12% (McClintock and LeGendre, 2007a).