What is discrimination?
Discrimination is the unequal or inferior treatment of persons on the grounds of certain characteristics.
Discrimination may occur on various grounds, including:
- race or skin colour
- religion or belief
- hetero-, bi-of homosexual orientation
- disability or chronic illness
- political opinion.
- civil status
- Nationality or ethnic background
- Any other reason
Number of reported cases of discrimination
It is difficult to estimate the prevalence of discrimination in the Netherlands. Reports of discrimination are registered and processed by the antidiscrimination services (ADVs) and discrimination reporting offices. Every year, the government publishes a report with figures on all reported cases of discrimination. These figures do not reveal how many people have actually experienced discrimination, as many cases go unreported. It is therefore very important to report discrimination.
Communities send the results of the action taken as a consequences of the reports that ADVs had received annually to the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations. The numbers in the reports are not about the amount of the persons who actually had been discriminated: a lot of people who get discriminated do not report their experience to an ADV.
The annual reports of the internet discrimination hotline and the Police College provide an overview of the number of complaints received and the forms of discrimination reported in 2009.