The number of attacks on refugees has increased significantly: In the first half of 2023, there were 704 attacks against refugees and 80 attacks on shelters. This is revealed in the federal government’s response to a small question from the parliamentary group “Die Linke” in the German Bundestag. In the first half of 2022, there were 544 attacks on refugees and 52 attacks on their shelters.
According to the federal government, there were a total of 1,420 politically motivated attacks on asylum seekers and refugees in 2022, which also represented an increase compared to 2021. 83 percent of these crimes were politically motivated by the right, according to information provided by the Federal Ministry of the Interior to the “Mediendienst Integration.”
In this context, the media service points to research by Südwestrundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk, which shows that attacks on refugee shelters are rarely punished by the courts. Between 2015 and 2018, the interior ministries of the German states had registered a total of 2,558 politically motivated attacks on asylum shelters, but only 206 cases resulted in convictions. The clear-up rate was thus less than ten percent, he said.
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