The survey was carried out in 12 European countries

A new report says people of African descent continue to face widespread and entrenched prejudice and exclusion in the European Union (EU).

The study by the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights is based on interviews carried out in 2015 and 2016 with nearly 6 000 people of African heritage in 12 European countries.

Thirty percent of respondents said they had experienced some form of racial harassment in the previous five years.

Five percent had experienced a violent attack.

The study found notable differences between countries, with two-thirds of respondents in Finland saying they had experienced harassment compared to just over a fifth in the UK.