The Issue of Racism in Europe Today

Racism is something that is being fought in most countries around the world but it still exists because it exists with individuals, and how they are raised. Some countries are significantly better than others at being tolerate to those that are different where as in some countries there are huge problems where it isn’t just the public but the government may be turning a blind eye as well. For Europe the majority of the racism is in the Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Italy, and more. But thanks to initiatives that many Europeans countries have implemented the hate crimes for many countries are going down but not all of them. As more and more people are moving around Europe it is bringing some of the hate to different countries so countries such as Finland are experiencing an increase in hate crime as there is more people that are considered outsiders by the nationals there. Finland reported their hate crimes over several years have went up by one thousand a year which is huge number.

Causes of Racism in Europe

For other countries it isn’t all outsiders that may experience racism as statistically the majority of the racism found in Europe is due to ethnic origins including religion. For countries such as France the majority of the population views it as bad for those of Muslim origin to move into the country. Other countries may still be fighting sentiments that were developed a long time ago leaving bitterness in much of the public’s heart such as Germany as even after they lost the world war and the Jews were freed they were still great discriminated against for years which is something Germany is still getting past. For a lot of the countries experiencing an increase of both immigration, and racism one must question if there is another driving factor?

Hidden Reasons for Racism

That driving factor could very well be money as poor nationals having a hard time finding work but seeing those that immigrated to the country with jobs may feel there is favoritism simply for the sake of acting tolerant; thus in the minds of those people it would be the immigrants taking jobs from them in a sense. In many of these countries it drives a force and a kind of racism that is simply there because they need money as well and if there are not enough jobs for the people already in the country why should those just moving to the country find them so easily? The European poor that are out of work and truly struggling don’t need handouts they a job where they can work and support their families to provide them with basic essentials for living.

Doing More than Banning Racism

There is no excuse for racism but in order for a government to attempt to correct the wrongs being done by its’ public it’s important to understand why that racism exists. Any government can make laws against racism but that doesn’t change the heart of the public who are trying to find work or don’t want their country being taken by another nationality, and even though they be irrational fears, they exist and are important to realize so that the public can be assured new people are not going to replace their country. Their country is simply opening its arms to learn of new cultures, to allow new cultures to learn and assimilate with them so ultimately they can all find common ground together.