Germany regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Germany's criminal code contains a sentencing provision applicable to any crime in the code. Hate crime data are collected as part of its framework to address politically-motivated crimes. Data on hate crime and hate speech are collected together. However, authorities are able to disaggregate data on violent offences. The authorities responsible for data collection include the police at the state and federal levels and the Federal Statistics Office. Germany has conducted a hate crime victimization survey for 2012-2017.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 8585 - -
2018 8113 Not available Not available
2017 7913 Not available Not available
2016 3598 Not available Not available
2015 3046 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

One criminal incident may be recorded with more than one bias motivation in the breakdown below.

National developments

In autumn 2019, the results of a two-year research project on "Best practices of co-operation between safety authorities and civil society concerning the avoidance of crime guided by prejudices" were presented at a number of regional conferences and discussed with law enforcement agencies and civil society organizations. The project – which incorporated ODIHR's expertise and international good practices – should lead to improved collaboration between police and civil society organizations.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Germany has not reported the numbers of prosecuted hate crimes or information on the sentencing of hate crime cases to ODIHR.