Police: Migrant Crime in Germany Up at Least 50 Percent
Report finds rising instances of violent offenses in nation hit hard by refugee crisis
The number of migrants suspected of crimes in Germany rose by more than 50 percent in 2016, while violent and sexual crimes also increased significantly from the previous year, statistics released by Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) show.
There were 174,438 migrant criminal suspects in Germany in 2016, an increase of 52.7 percent from 2015, according to the Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik (PKS) 2016 Report.
Migrants, despite making up a mere 8.6 percent of all criminal suspects, were responsible for a whopping 35.1 percent of pickpocketing cases, 17.8 percent of shoplifting cases, and 15 percent of crimes of sexual coercion and rape.
And indeed, out of the 2.02 million total suspects recorded in 2016, 616,230 — about 30 percent — were foreigners, an increase of nearly 11 percent since 2015.
The increase in migrant and foreign-born criminal suspects appears to go hand in hand with an increase in violent and sexual crime. Total violent crime increased 6.7 percent from 2015 to 2016, the report shows.
Murder, manslaughter, and murders for hire specifically increased by over 14 percent, while crimes of rape and sexual coercion increased by over 13 percent. Crimes of dangerous and serious bodily harm increased by almost 10 percent.
While the number of foreign-born suspects and violent crime both rose, the number of native-born German suspects actually decreased.
Furthermore, while police had just over 2.02 million suspects in 2016, they recorded well over 6 million crimes, suggesting the number of criminal migrants and foreigners active in the country — and the share of crime for which they are responsible — could be higher.
The report is a damning testament to the legacy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s self-inflicted migrant crisis in Germany. The section “Non-German suspects by nationality in total criminal offenses” reveals that nearly half — 48 percent — of those suspects are from Muslim countries. Of the 174,438 suspected criminal migrants, 60,367 were from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
And while migrants account for, at most, 2 percent of the population, according to German newspaper Die Welt, the report shows that 174,438 migrant suspects made up over 8 percent of all criminal suspects.
Moreover, those migrants, despite making up a mere 8.6 percent of all criminal suspects, were responsible for a whopping 35.1 percent of pickpocketing cases, 17.8 percent of shoplifting cases, 15 percent of crimes of sexual coercion and rape, 21.5 percent of counterfeiting cases, and nearly 19 percent of benefits fraud.
Non-German suspects, migrants or otherwise, accounted for 38.8 percent of crimes of sexual coercion and rape, 49.5 percent of counterfeiting cases, and 75.8 percent of pickpocketing cases, the report shows.