Islamophobic attacks surge in England and Wales

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Muslims are by far the most targeted group in hate crime attacks, new statistics by the Home Office have revealed. 

From March 2020 to March 2021 Islamophobic attacks surged in England and Wales with nearly half of hate crimes directed towards Muslims.

“In year ending March 2021, where the perceived religion of the victim was recorded, 45 percent of religious hate crime offences were targeted against Muslims (2,703 offences),” the Home Office said.

The next most commonly targeted group were Jewish people, who were targeted in 22% of religious hate crimes (1,288 offences). These proportions were similar to the previous year.