Forms of institutional discrimination

On 5 and 6 May 2015, the Federal Government of Germany presented its report on racism in Germany to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Committee has critically noted the problem of racial profiling. For more information, see the closing remarks of the Committee.

In Germany, those affected perceive exclusion in various state institutions, such as police or school. In state or federal police authorities institutional racism is an increasingly recognized problem.

In education, it was only the results of the PISA study that revealed institutional discrimination, which was discussed in public for the first time due to the fact that children with migration history performed significantly worse in the German school system.

In some publications, authors also speak of institutional racism in governmental and administrative agencies. Unfortunately, no substantiated research has been conducted so far on this matter. Reliable information is therefore not available but would be indispensable in order to recognize this form of institutional racism and to be able to address it. So far, cases of inappropriate behaviour of employees in governmental and administrative agencies towards people with migration history or PoC are known. However, it is not possible to conclusively assess whether these are exclusively individual incidents of discrimination or whether they constitute institutional discrimination.

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