The number of reports about discrimination made to the Dutch police fell by around one fifth last year, Trouw reported on Wednesday.

In particular, the number of reports of anti-Muslim discrimination were also down by one fifth, after tripling in 2015, the paper said.

'We expected the number of complaints about anti-Muslim discrimination to rise again, so this is a puzzle,' police spokesman Joop Kemperman told the paper.

Last year police put the rise in anti-Muslim discrimination down to the Paris attacks and the surge in asylum claims made by people from Islamic countries.

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