Germany stunned the world when it was reported that hundreds of women were sexually assaulted by a large number of aggressive North African men on New Year’s Eve in the picturesque city of Cologne. Now, a leaked confidential report has revealed that authorities from Germany’s most populous state are putting measures into place to deal with a projected increase in crime thanks to the country’s burgeoning refugee population.
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Under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership, Germany has embraced over one million Middle Eastern refugees, over one-fifth of which have settled in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, where Cologne is situated. Spiegel, a German magazine, claims to have obtained a document called â€śChallenges to and Impact on the Police,â€ť a report by the North Rhine-Westphalian Department of the Interior that addresses the German government’s law enforcement concerns.
The report concluded that â€śimmigration will lead to more crime and increased police usage,â€ť noting that police responded to 93,000 separate incidents in 2015 that were linked to refugee criminal activity. According to the report, â€ścultural, ethnic and religious conflicts in the accommodation, the spatial narrowness, lack of privacy and the considerable consumption of alcohol triggered conflicts.â€ť
While the potential for an increase in crimes committed by refugees is noted in the report, officials are also concerned about retributive attacks carried out by German citizens. Citing â€śright-wing agitationâ€ť as a significant concern, the report warned that the unchecked influx of migrants could cause citizens to feel unsafe and interfere with police officers’ ability to carry out their duties.
A separate report by Germany’s Federal Criminal Office released last year contained several shocking statistics: the 1.1 million refugees present in Germany in 2015 committed over 200,000 crimes, the majority of which consisted of property theft and financial crimes. Even more surprisingly, the report in considered an underestimation because three of Germany’s sixteen states did not provide crime data.