Mass immigration is fueling surge in violent crime, warns German federal police office

FILE - Police officers secure a crime scene in central Wuerzburg, Germany, Saturday, June 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
By Thomas Brooke
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Mass immigration into Germany is a significant contributing factor in the surge in violent crime being reported across the country, Germany’s federal police office, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), has revealed.

Police crime stats published on Thursday showed a considerable increase in violent crime of around 17 percent in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period last year.

Violent crime in public rose by 14 percent while reports of violent offenses in private residences increased by around 3 percent, according to the BKA.

The agency cited three primary factors for the concerning rise in offenses: increased mobility after lockdowns, the cost of living crisis, and mass immigration.

It noted that mobility had now returned to pre-pandemic levels, which “creates more opportunities and reasons for crime,” and stated that economic burdens brought by high inflation correlate with the number of violent crimes, particularly in “economically weaker regions”.

The third factor it cited was Germany’s “high immigration rate.”

“When it comes to violent crimes, there is a greater increase in the number of non-German suspects,” the BKA stated.

“It can be assumed that many people seeking protection have several risk factors that make violent crime more likely. These include the living situation in initial reception centers as well as economic insecurity and experiences of violence,” it added.

The number of crimes involving German citizens — which includes dual citizens who may have been born elsewhere — rose by 8 percent compared to non-German suspects which increased by as much as 23 percent. Furthermore, cases involving foreign minors rose considerably by 37 percent.

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