Migrant Crimes Up 52 Percent In Germany

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Migrant crime “increased disproportionately” in Germany in 2016, according to a report the Interior Ministry released Monday.

The number of migrant criminal suspects increased by 52.7 percent from 2015 to 2016. Migrants account for 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in Germany, up from 5.7 percent in 2015.

Politically or ideologically motivated crimes by foreigners went up by 66.5 percent, with 3,372 cases throughout the year.

“There is nothing there to sugarcoat,” Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said of the statistics, according to Deutsche Welle. “There is an overall rise in disrespect, violence, and hate.”

Germany suffered a series of jihadi attacks in 2016, including the truck massacre at a Christmas market in Berlin. Crimes motivated by Islam increased by 13.7 percent last year.

A separate report from February claims the number of Islamic extremists has grown from 100 people in 2013 to 1,600 three years later.

“Those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here,” de Maiziere said.

Violence between different minority groups is another worrying trend, particularly tensions between Turks and Kurds.

The overall crime statistics saw a significant rise in two categories: murder and manslaughter and rape and sexual assault.

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