Alleged ex-Taliban may have entered Germany

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 30.4.2017 09:17

German magazine Der Spiegel reported on 22 April that thousands of alleged ex-Taliban insurgents might have entered Germany since 2015. Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) stated that many identified themselves as ex-Taliban during the asylum application process.

Germany’s chief federal prosecutor is investigating 70 Afghans, although it remains unclear whether all of them are suspected of being active Taliban militants. Some cases are on or await trial, as some of them acknowledged their participation. While deportations have increased, the number of Afghan asylum seekers has declined in 2017, with 45% facing rejection. Presenting the 2016 crime statistics on 24 April, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said migrant criminal suspects rose by 50%. While far-right parties stir integration and security fears, data show that the main migrant groups – Afghans, Iraqis, and Syrians – are comparably underrepresented to other groups from non-priority areas, namely the Balkans, ex-USSR, and North Africa. The far-right is overrepresented in politically-motivated and non-violent crime, with the far-left topping violent offences. Though some migrants contribute to rising statistics, far-right extremists also play a significant role in the increase.

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