Germany: The percentage of foreign sex offenders increased

A federal police officer guards an arrested migrant at a police station on the German border town with Poland in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
By Karolina Klaskova
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According to sexual crime statistics, Germany is facing a growing problem with its foreign-born population.

Data shows that the proportion of suspected foreigners in sexual offenses has risen significantly in recent years. The share of rapes from this segment of the population grew from 35 percent to 42.44 percent of overall sexual offenses between 2000 and 2020.

Germany’s foreign population is still overall a small share of the country’s population, which means they have an outsized influence disproportionate to their size.

The data was released after the Alternative for Germany (AfD) requested the information from the German federal government. The alleged perpetrators are mostly Turks, Afghans, and Syrians.

The Federal Statistical Office of Germany only had figures for the cases registered between 2009 and 2020 for rapes. In this period, too, the proportion of non-German suspects grew from 29.55 percent to 41.18 percent, according to the Junge Freiheit news outlet

In cases of sexual assault, the statistics show an increase from 35 percent to 50 percent within 20 years. At the same time, the number of overall cases fell from 302 to 228. The dominant group of suspects consists of Turks, followed by Afghans and Syrians.

AfD: Figures on foreign sex offenders are shocking

“The proportion of non-German suspects in crimes of a sexual nature, such as rape, is staggering. Women, in particular, could have been spared a great deal of suffering if the borders had not been open to everyone,” the co-chairman of the AfD, Stephan Brandner, commented on the numbers to Junge Freiheit.

“Especially around the holiday, we hear from all sides how important it is to make good politics for women. From my point of view, however, this should not mean that there is gender equality throughout, but that women can move about safely and do not have to be afraid of going out on the street in the dark,” said the member of the Bundestag in the light of International Women’s Day.

The statistics of foreigners being overrepresented in sexual crime statistics mirror similar trends seen in Sweden, Italy, Denmark, and France.

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