''Alarmingly High'' Number of Anti-Migrant Crimes In Germany

Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said on February 27 that migrants in Germany faced more than 3,500 attacks in 2015. Nevertheless, he added that the crimes are being aggressively prosecuted and the numbers of such attacks are now falling.

Germany took in 890,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, and this caused a backlash and a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, especially in eastern parts of Germany. The number of asylum-seekers in Germany decreased to 280,000 in 2016. Due to this and greater efforts to repatriate those whose applications are rejected, anti-immigrant sentiment has diminished somewhat. There has also been a greater effort to integrate refugees who are allowed to stay. However, it is expected that the anti-immigrant and nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) will win seats in the Parliament for the first time in the national election in September even though recent polls have shown a steady decline in support. A poll last week showed the party’s support at 11 percent, down from as high as 16 percent last fall.

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