Women’s views

Female judges seem to show greater sensitivity and sympathy toward foreigners and are, as a result, more critical of the institutions. A larger number of female judges than male judges (19.8 percent against 9.3 percent) thought that foreigners were not protected by the judiciary. Moreover, a large number (24 percent of women judges, against 12.4 percent male judges) said that foreigners do not fully enjoy all legal guarantees. In comparison with those of older judges, the figures were also higher for younger judges who thought that there were not too many immigrants in Greece, that they were not dangerous and not responsible for the rise in the crime rate. In contrast with female judges, policewomen were more negative toward foreigners and considered them likely to be offenders. Their feelings toward migrants were also less positive, as were their attitudes toward institutions and society. However a policewoman’s attitude toward foreigners is different to that of a policeman. A larger number of policewomen considered foreigners to be offenders (70.9 percent as opposed to 52.8 percent) than policemen, yet policewomen had less personal experience with foreigners (3.5 percent against 9.2 percent). Moreover, a policeman expressed more sympathy toward foreigners (26.7 percent) than a policewoman (12.8 percent).

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