The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants has led to an increase in violent crime in Germany, according to a study funded by the German government which was published on Wednesday.
Criminologist Christian Pfeiffer examined the impact refugee arrivals had on crime in 2015 and 2016 using data from the northern state of Lower Saxony. The study attributes a 10.4 percent rise in violent crimes in the state during those two years almost exclusively to refugees.
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.”
Since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opening of the borders in 2015, the numbers of terror plots in Germany have steadily climbed. In 2016, the country was forced to deal with 11 terror plots, whereas in the years of 2014 and 2015, there were three plots on the entire continent.
The latest study notes that young, mostly male refugees traveling alone are more likely to commit crimes if they feel they have no hope about their future, and that most come from Muslim countries “characterized by male dominance.”
According to Families Ministry spokeswoman Verena Herb, the study confirms the need for greater integration efforts in Germany.