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The COVID-19 outbreak as a trigger event for sinophobic hate crimes in the United Kingdom
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Schumann S, Moore Y
  • Publisher:
    Oxford University Press (OUP)
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    The British Journal of Criminology
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    Published online
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Abstract We assessed whether the COVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom was associated with a rise in sinophobic hate crimes as well as the temporal distribution of victimization rates. A victimization survey (Nā€…=ā€…393) showed that following the first known case of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, Chinese/East Asian persons had a higher likelihood of being hate crime or incident victims than members of other ethnic minority groups. Specifically, victimization reported by Chinese/East Asian participants reached its highest level in March 2020 (before lockdown); it then dropped significantly after an initial relaxation of restrictions in May 2020. Overall, we documented a temporary, potentially slightly delayed hate crime trigger effect of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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