Violent crime rises in Germany and is attributed to refugees

Armed police officers guard 'St. Petri Dome,' next to the town hall of the northern German city Bremen
Armed police officers guard 'St. Petri Dome,' next to the town hall of the northern German city Bremen, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

January 3, 2018

By Riham Alkousaa

BERLIN (Reuters) – Young male refugees in Germany got the blame on Wednesday for most of a two-year increase in violent crime, adding fuel to the country’s political debate over migrants.

Violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, a study showed. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees.

It noted, however, that migrants settling from war-torn countries such as Syria were much less likely to commit violent crimes that those from other places who were unlikely to be given asylum.

Migration will be a key issue in forthcoming coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). The arrival of more than a million migrants since mid-2015 hurt both parties in last September’s election.

The government-sponsored study showed a jump in violent crime committed by male migrants aged 14 to 30.

Christian Pfeiffer, a criminology expert and one of the study researchers, told Deutschlandfunk radio there were huge differences between various refugee groups depending on where they came from and how high their chances were of staying and gaining legal status in Germany.

Asylum seekers who are regarded as war refugees who have relatively good chances of staying in Germany tend to avoid trouble more, the study found.

Around 17 percent of violent crimes in Lower Saxony that were attributed to refugees, for example, were suspected of being committed by North African asylum seekers who made up less than 1 percent of the state’s registered refugee population. North African asylum seekers have relatively slim chances of obtaining legal status in Germany.

“The situation is completely different for those who find out as soon as they arrive that they are totally undesirable here. No chance of working, of staying here,” Pfeiffer said.

The study said reuniting refugees with their families by allowing them to come to Germany too could help to reduce violence. Such reunions look set to be a particularly contentious issue in talks about a new coalition government.

The predominantly young male majority of refugees live in Germany without partners, mothers, sisters or other females whom the study sees as a “violence-preventing, civilising force.”

(Reporting By Riham Alkousaa Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

  • Maulerman

    Say it ain’t So! Really!

  • CCTexas

    Well, thanks to Fat Merkel, the EU is now a cesspool. It can be cleaned up, round up all those muslim pigs and send them back to the middle east. If no one wants them, drop them in by parachute.

  • taxpayer22

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  • taxpayer22

    Angela Merkel. insane immigration policy now has women penned in like barn animals to protect them from the Muslim rapists hordes.

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  • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

    A major problem here is EU policy, which lumps the relatively small number of genuine refugees fleeing violence or potential harm in their countries of origin, with economic migrants who try to enter Europe to either find work or register for unearned welfare benefits. Some are criminals, fleeing prosecution in teir countries of origin. And among the migrants are supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) who have not surrendered or given up the struggle. They have simply moved to Europe, where they may be planning the next jihad, and have taken refuge in the hundreds of Muslim enclaves (or no-go zones) in the cities of western Europe.

    EU policy lets all these people in and leaves the task of sorting them all out to the national and local authorities. There are many criminals among them, and many are virtual barbarians with no social skills that apply in a non-Muslim society. These are responsible for a considerable amount of crime, including sex crimes, gang warfare, and drug trafficking. And, as noted above, there are ISIS fighters and supporters among the influx. These have military skills and are complicit in atrocities against the civilian populations of Syria and Iraq.

    So, why should anyone be surprised at an increase in violent crime in European countries that let in criminals and potential criminals, among whom are radicalized fighters from the Middle East conflict zone who are prone to violence and terror already? With such demented EU policy, things are bound to get even worse, and not just in Germany.