A report into racism in Cork has revealed that immigrants of African origin are more likely to be the victims of racially motivated physical or verbal attacks.

The report -‘Stop the Silence: A Snapshot of Racism in Cork’ - was published by NASC, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre who surveyed 171 people during the month of October.

Over half of those surveyed believe racism is an issue in Cork, while over a third questioned said they had experienced discrimination when trying to access utilities.

The report also found that over 80% of those surveyed experienced racism and discrimination and almost half of them believe nothing would happen or change by reporting the incident.

NASC CEO Fiona Finn said the report’s findings are a cause for concern but it is important to recognise that racism is an issue all over Ireland and Europe and not just in Cork.

She said the report highlighted the need for a multi-faceted response to tackling racism, including training for gardaí and the judiciary, changes in legislation and funding for community initiatives to build awareness of racist reporting.