Over the past two years, Germany has taken in over one million migrants.
Now, the Interior Ministry has reported that migrant-related crime is soaring — in 2016, crimes committed by migrants was up over 50 percent from the year before.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Monday that the number of criminal migrants jumped to 174,438 in 2016, up by 52.7 percent over the previous year.
Those classified as suspects in crimes committed by migrants includes migrants applying for asylum, refugees, illegal alien immigrants and those whose deportation has been suspended temporarily.
De Maiziere reportedly warned that “[t]hose who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here.” He said crimes committed by refugees have “increased disproportionately,” and admitted that some migrants commit multiple offenses.
The report also stated that 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in Germany in 2016 were migrants, up from 5.7 percent in 2015.
On the other hand, the number of German suspects went down by 3.4 percent to 1,407,062.
The report also showed an alarming increase of 13.7 percent in crimes motivated by Islamic terror.
De Maiziere claimed that one reason for the increased criminal activity among migrants was likely due to “their accommodation situation,” as many live in makeshift shelters or have to share space in crowded facilities, according to Reuters.
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