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Slovakia: Racism & Xenophobia amongst young people

April 23rd 2018

In 2017, Slovak National Centre for Human Rights conducted research with 11-19 year olds in elementary and secondary schools on their attitudes towards religious groups, racial and ethnic groups and well as people from neighbouring countries.


We engaged 1 322 pupils and students (21 elementary and secondary schools) in the age of 11 - 19 years.

The analysis focused on attitude of young people towards religious groups (Christians, atheists, Muslims, Jews), racial groups and ethnic groups (black men, Asian men, Roma), as well as to people from neighboring countries based on their nationality (Slovaks, Czechs, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Austrians).


  • More that 81 % of respondents agreed with the statement that "all people are equal.“
  • More than 80 % of respondents are aware of the fact that there are negative prejudices against various groups of people around them.
  • 62 % respondents agreed that it is positive for society to be composed of people of various racial, ethnic, religious and cultural groups.

The results should serve as an insight to the perception of society through the eyes of young people and contribute to on-going discussion on expressions and concerns stemming from extremism, xenophobia a antisemitism and about questions ethnic, language, cultural and religious diversity in our society.

Positive Attitudes
Positive Attitudes

The most positive attitudes for religious groups are held toward Christians (42%), then atheists (29%), followed by Jews (21%) and Muslims (8%). For racial and ethnic origin groups, black people (48%), Asians (39%) and Roma (12%) are positively seen in that order.

Negative Attitudes
Negative Attitudes

Roma (79%) and Muslims (66%) are most negatively seen, followed at a distance by Jewish people (17%), Asians (12%), Atheists (11%), black people (9%) and Christians (6%).

Read the summary in English.
Read the report in Slovak