“So, where are you originally from?” Experiences of discrimination and phenotypic differences in Germany

Policy Brief | January 2018

The Policy Brief examines the subjectively perceived discrimination of migrants based on the extensive data contained in the SVR’s 2016 Integration Barometer. Forms and areas of discrimination are investigated, as is the link between discrimination and phenotypic differences. Analysis of the data reveals that people whose appearance marks them out as having a migration background feel they are discriminated against much more frequently than migrants who cannot be told apart from the native population. Differences between various groups of origin and members of different religions are also examined.