With the UK economy facing it’s most difficult challenge in living memory, competition for jobs and other resources is rising rapidly. This competition is said to be the cause of a concerning increase in racist incidents in the Scottish Highlands.
The Northern Constabulary have seen a drastic increase in such incidents between 2005 to 2008, most occurring in Inverness. Groups targeted include English, Poles, Africans, Iraqis and Peruvians.
An online reporting mechanism is being developed by the local police in order to make it easier for victims to report racist crimes.