Migrants were involved in 69,000 planned or actual crimes committed during the first quarter of 2016, according to a Tuesday report from the German federal police (BKA).
Germany took in more than one million refugees in 2015 as Chancellor Angela Merkel fought for open borders to the European Union. The BKA report is the first to ever single out statistics from migrants as a group, and comes at a time when confidence in Merkel is plummeting over her immigration policies. (RELATED: 40 Percent Of Germans Want Merkel To Resign)
The most common crime is theft, which makes up 29.2 percent of the total number, followed by property or forgery offenses at 28.3 percent. Sex crimes make up a small part of the total with 1.1 percent. (RELATED: German State Wants To Hire Foreign Police Officers To Combat Migrant Crime)
The report doesn’t specify what the total crime rate is in Germany or how migrant crimes match up against the rate among German citizens. The number of crimes declined by more than 18 percent from January to March.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere recently said deported immigrants commit crimes to extend their stay in Germany. Deportees can’t be expelled while criminal cases against them are in progress, which has created a loophole in the immigration law.
“A massive rise in the number of deportees would only occur if these procedural shortcomings are fixed,” de Maiziere said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle.
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