Foreigners responsible for huge share of crime, according to latest German data

Police investigates in Duesseldorf, Germany, as part of raids in severals German cities, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
By John Cody
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In Germany, the number of recorded crimes fell by 4.9 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, but the proportion of non-German suspects continued to increase, according to data released this week from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).

Regarding violent crime, there were 164,646 cases, representing a decrease of 6.8 percent. However, of that total number, a whopping 37.7 percent of suspects were foreign nationals.

Theft crimes dropped by 11.8 percent (1,483,566 cases), with 37.6 percent of suspects identified as foreign nationals.

What is a foreign national?

Foreign nationals make up approximately 12 percent of the German population, exemplifying their outsized role in violent crimes and theft in proportion to their population.

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It should be noted that many with immigration backgrounds are not counted in the “foreign national” category. For example, a descendant of Turkish migrants who has a German passport is considered a German. There is no breakdown in race in German crime statistics, as there was previously in the U.S. before this FBI reporting was phased out under the Obama administration.

In Germany, over 20 million people have “immigrant backgrounds.” Of those people, approximately 51 percent were German citizens and 49 percent remained foreign nationals, according to data from 2017.

Sex crimes also top the list

Foreign nationals also had an outsized role in crime in other areas, including the distribution, acquisition, possession, and production of child pornography. In Germany, there were 39,171 cases last year, representing a 108.8 percent increase, with 23.5 percent of the suspects listed as foreign nationals.

Furthermore, authorities recorded 223,838 crimes against personal liberty, including forced marriages, coercion and threats, which represented an increase of 10.6 percent. Of the total number, 27.2 percent of the suspects were foreign nationals.

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When it comes to sexual abuse of children, there were 15,507 cases (an increase of 6.3 percent), with 16.6 percent of these suspects being foreign nationals.

As Remix News previously reported, foreign nationals also play an outsized role in a rape and sexual assaults in Germany, with 42 percent of all rapes committed by this small part of the population. This same trend has been seen in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and France.

In cases involving gang rape in Germany, approximately half of all such cases involve foreign nationals.

Crime is falling overall, but COVID-19 may have played a role

As can be seen from the police crime statistics, there was a particular decrease in minor physical injuries (by 10 percent), burglaries (by 27.7 percent), murder and manslaughter (by 12 percent), and offenses against the Infection Protection Act (by 82.7 percent).

However, there is a caveat, with most experts assigning the drop in crime to coronavirus regulations which kept people home in huge numbers, which is thought to account in particular for the large drop in burglaries, but also assaults, rapes, and other crimes.

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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser praised the drop in crime, however, she made no mention of the outsized role foreigners play in the country’s crime statistics. The minister is however known for leading a crusade against “right-wing extremism,” including with controversial programs that begin in kindergarten along with a push to ban the Telegram app in an effort to clamp down on free speech.

Crime did increase in some areas. The authorities registered a jump in the possession, distribution, and creation of child pornography (by 108.8 percent), “cybercrime” (by 12.1 percent), threats (by 21.9 percent), and attacks on police officers (by 6.3 percent).

The clearance rate for all crimes was 58.7 percent. The overall proportion of non-German suspects increased slightly in 2021 compared to 2020, from 33.7 to 33.8 percent.

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