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Report: Refugee-related crimes in Germany increase less than influx of asylum seekers
by Kate Brady
The Federal Criminal Police Agency says crimes committed by asylum-seekers have not risen significantly in proportion to the number of refugees. Sexual offenses accounted for 1 percent of refugee-related crimes.
Citing the latest findings from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA), on Wednesday the newspaper "Bild" reported that between 2014 and 2015, the number of crimes committed by refugees increased by 79 percent. Over the same period, however, the number of refugees in Germany increased by 440 percent.
The classified BKA report found that the "vast majority of asylum-seekers [commit] no offenses." Although the number of offenses initially increased significantly in the first half of 2015, the number of crimes in the second half of the year stagnated, the document added. It was in the second half of 2015, however, that most refugees arrived in Germany.
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