BAME discrimination

No one should be discriminated against because of their ethnicity.

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In Scotland today, racial crime is the most commonly reported hate crime. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service notes in their latest Hate Crime report that, ‘In total 3,285 charges relating to race crime were reported in 2020-21, an increase of 6% compared to 2019-20’.

The employment rate for ethnic minorities is lower than that for white Scots. In 2021, the employment rate for the minority ethnic population aged 16 to 64 was 62.1 per cent, lower than the white population which had an employment rate of 73.8 per cent.

In the 2019 Scottish household survey, 19 per cent of ethnic minorities experienced discrimination. Adults who belonged to a religion other than a Christian denomination experienced significantly higher levels of both discrimination and harassment.

The Scottish Conservatives recognise that more needs to be done to stamp out BAME discrimination, that is why we launched the Scottish Conservatives friends of BAME (SCBAME). This is an umbrella organisation working directly with the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party to support BAME communities in Scotland.

We want to support and inspire a diverse range of people to engage with the party. As well as act to advocate and promote ideas for improving diversity and inclusion not just within the party but also with a range of partners, stakeholders and other key bodies.

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