The number of refugees streaming into Germany may have reached its peak in 2015, but for those who have now made a temporary home in the country, their troubles are far from over. Most of them entered into Germany to flee the dangerous atmospheres of their home country, but as extremist political parties help fuel the frustration of some of Germany’s natural citizens, a new wave of problems are underway — violence.
In 2016, the number of violent attacks towards refugees soared to record highs as the Federal Interior Ministry recorded 3,533 attacks. That is up from 2015’s 1031 attacks. 988 of the incidents took place in the homes and shelters housing the refugees, and 560 of the refugees — 43 children –attacked were injured.
Extremist groups love convincing their followers that these attacks are warranted and that the refugees are terrorists who will turn the streets into battlegrounds, but the numbers paint a very different picture. Various statistics released over the last year have shown that crimes committed by refugees are no higher than the normal crime rate of German citizens. Some of the larger terror attacks to hit the streets of Germany by asylum seekers were and alway will be tragic, but out of the million-plus refugees, they account for a very minor percentage.
Whether or not Germany’s decision to open their borders to these refugees will be debated for some time, and may even cost German Chancellor Angela Merkel her reelection bid, but causing violence against the refugees is a sad form of protest. As it stands right now, German violence against refugees far exceeds any violent attacks carried out on German citizens by refugees.