The highest number of racist assaults has been recorded in Ireland in the second half of 2015, according to a new report.
Figures from the European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland iReport, which first began collecting data in 2013, showed a total of 165 incidents were reported, including 25 assaults and 13 cases involving serious threats to harm or kill.
The incidents also include public and sexual harassment, online abuse and discrimination in employment.
Shane O’Curry, director of Enar Ireland, said the number of serious offences and hate crimes were “alarmingly high”.
Of the 37 serious offences that were reported in the six-month period, racist language was used in 30 of these incidents.
Strangers committed 23 of these cases and 18 of these perpetrators were men.
Mr O’Curry said there was a clear link between the use of racist language and violence against all groups.
“It is appalling that we find ourselves yet again confirming in statistics what Africans, Travellers, Roma, Muslims, migrants and minority Irish already know; that racism is a fact of everyday life,” he said.