Migrants in Germany committed nearly 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report from Berlin. The report from the BKA federal police showed migrants from northern Africa, Georgia and Serbia were signifcantly represented among the suspects. Numbers of crimes committed by Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis – the three biggest groups of asylum seekers in Germany – were also quite high.
There was a record influx of more than a million migrants into Germany last year due to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal immigration policies, and concerns are now widespread about how Europe’s largest economy will manage to integrate them while ensuring security.
It’s the first time the BKA has published such a report on crimes committed by migrants containing data from all of Germany’s 16 states, so there is no comparable data from previous accounts. The report showed that 29.2 percent of the crimes migrants committed in the first quarter were thefts, 28.3 percent were property or forgery offenses and 23 percent offenses such as bodily harm, robbery and unlawful detention. Drug-related offenses accounted for 6.6 percent and sex crimes were 1.1 percent.
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