Attacks on refugee homes soar in Germany: official data

23rd May 2016, Comments 0 comments

Germany recorded nearly 1,000 far-right offences targeting refugee shelters last year, a five-fold annual rise amid a record influx of asylum seekers, the government said Monday.

Presenting the figures, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he did not expect a lull in 2016.

Some 923 offences against refugees and refugee facilities were recorded in 2015, against 175 the previous year, according Interior Ministry statistics on political crime in Germany.

These included 177 acts of violence -- including three attempted killings -- and hundreds of non-violent acts such as painting graffiti, the use of Nazi symbols and incitements to hatred.

"The refugee topic was of course the focus of politically motivated crime" last year, when Germany took in over one million asylum seekers, the minister told a Berlin press conference.

"A decline in the number of political crimes is not to be expected in 2016 unfortunately," he said, adding that in this year's first quarter there had been 347 crimes against refugee centres.

De Maiziere said that in 90 percent of far-right crimes the perpetrators were men, that three quarters were aged 18 to 30, and that most lived close to the crime scene and nearly half were previously unknown to police.

Far-left offences increased by 18 percent in 2015 to 9,600, including 2,246 acts of violence -- an increase of nearly 35 percent -- mostly targeting right-wing political opponents or police.

© 2016 AFP

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