Ethnic profiling is a form of institutional racism, whereby the police use ascribed characteristics (such as skin colour, ethnicity, religion, ancestry or language) in a discriminatory manner as the basis for arbitrary identity checks and searches.
Ethnic profiling has attracted increasing amounts of media attention in recent years. A case at the Administrative Court of Koblenz, in which the judge acknowledged ethnic profiling as an acceptable means of conducting police work, was greeted with incredulity by NGOs. In the following pages, the phenomenon of ethnic profiling and its effects on those affected and on society will be explored. You will find information on the legal framework in Germany and the situation in other European countries.
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We cordially thank Felicia Fall for compiling this dossier.