Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities: ...Harassment of Jews Worldwide Reached a Seen-Year High - Pew Research Center - February 2015

Sponsor(s): Pew Research Center, Pew-Templeton Global Futures Project

Principal Investigator(s): Peter Henne

Key Findings:

Pew Research Center report issued in February 2015 summarizes international trends in religious restrictions and hostilities worldwide. 

Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities: Overall Decline in Social Hostilities in 2013, Though Harassment of Jews Worldwide Reached a Seven-Year High is the sixth in a series of annual reports by the Pew Research Center analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. The studies are part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. The project is jointly funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation.

To measure global restrictions on religion in 2013, the new study scores 198 countries and territories on the same 10-point indexes used in the previous studies, which included a Government Restrictions Index and a Social Hostilities Index.   In this study, specific measures in each of these indices which targeted religious minorities were also analyzed.


While the report concluded that worldwide " hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, but roughly a quarter of the world’s countries are still grappling with high levels of religious hostilities within their borders...", increased harassment of Jews worldwide has occurred simultaneously.

Harassment of Jews

"In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the number of countries where Jews were harassed. In 2013, harassment of Jews, either by government or social groups, was found in 77 countries (39%) – a seven-year high. Jews are much more likely to be harassed by individuals or groups in society than by governments. In Europe, for example, Jews were harassed by individuals or social groups in 34 of the region’s 45 countries (76%). "

Study Notes:

A link to the complete report are on the left side of this Overview Page.  The complete report includes all appendices (Methodology, Government Restrictions Index, Social Hostilities Index, Religious Restriction Index Scores by Region, and Summary of Results), which are also available separately for downloading at the Pew Research Center Website.

Language: English


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