In an analysis of all 142 terrorist plots that took place throughout Europe from January 2014 to May 2017, The Heritage Foundation’s Robin Simcox found that Germany, in particular, has been hit hardest since 2016, coinciding with the country’s increased acceptance of middle eastern refugees.
“The increase in the threat to Germany is especially stark,” writes the report’s author. “There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold. There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees.”
Simcox notes that ISIS is the main organization providing ideological motivation for such attacks, and their campaign against the perceived western alliance is evident in that 70 percent of all European attacks occurred in France, Germany, or the United Kingdom. In total, the 142 plots claimed more than 300 lives and caused over 1,000 injuries in 15 different European nations.
Only 15 percent of the total attacks were migrant-planned, but most of them occurred in Germany, where 12 out of 24 plots were organized by refugees.
Simcox emphasized that since 2014, the continent has seen little respite from terrorism, as only five months out of that period saw no attacks. But since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opening of the borders in 2015, the numbers for Germany have steadily climbed. In 2016, the country was forced to deal with 11 plots, whereas in the years of 2014 and 2015, there were three plots on the entire continent.
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