Race & Religious Issues
Political issues or lack of tolerance can make some groups of people a target for mistreatment or even violence in some countries around the world. Political rallies and certain dates like anniversaries of historic events often spur ethnic and religious conflicts in many countries. Certain hate crimes may not even be considered crimes in different countries. Particularly with regard to religion, the risk you assume depends on your level of religious involvement abroad. Sometimes, signs of your religious affiliation may put you at risk as well. That having been said, ethnic or religious issues shouldn't be a negative factor of your experience in a foreign country; that's why it's important to do a little research ahead of time to survey the national sentiment and current events of the country. For information on the current events going on in the country of your choice, ask administrators if you should be aware of anything in particular related to ethnic or religious conflict in the host country.
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