Number of Refugee Criminal Suspects in Germany Soared Last Year, Says Interior Ministry
The number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany surged by more than 50 percent last year, interior ministry data has revealed. The figures could potentially boost the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ahead of the federal election.
According to the figures cited by Reuters, the number of suspects classed as immigrants rose to 174,438 last year, representing a jump of 52.7 percent from the previous year. Migrants accounted for 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in the country, up from 5.7 percent in 2015.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said crimes committed by refugees "increased disproportionately" in 2016 and warned that "those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here."
He went on to state that one reason for the high crime rate among migrants was likely their accommodation situation as many were living in makeshift shelters or sharing crowded rooms in 2016, following the refugee crisis which saw more than one million new arrivals in Germany over the past two years.
De Maiziere also noted that some migrants had committed multiple offenses, distorting the statistics. Despite the increase, he also noted that most migrants live peacefully and obey German law.
The interior ministry figures considered "immigrants" to be those applying for asylum, refugees, illegal immigrants, and those whose deportation had been temporarily suspended.
The data also revealed that crimes motivated by Islamism also increased by 13.7 percent last year. Meanwhile, the number of German suspects experienced an opposite trend, dropping by 3.4 percent to 1,407,062.
In addition, the number of attacks on refugee homes declined for the first time since such data started being collected in 2014. Around 995 such attacks occurred in 2016, compared to 1,031 the previous year.
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