commit migrants to be more violent crimes than Germans? Bavaria’s interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) said in an Interview with the “Passauer Neue Presse” of an “increased risk” and referred to the crime statistics. Also of Thuringia, the AfD-Chef Björn Höcke had spoken at a campaign event on Sunday in Cottbus in a similar way.

in the case of migrants, in fact, an increased risk for violent crime?

violent crime of migrants in the facts check

The number of cases of violent crime has declined in the past two years. Violence crime in the police criminal statistics (PKS) of the Federal criminal police office, among other things, dangerous and serious bodily injury, robbery, murder, manslaughter, rape and sexual assault are combined.

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as a General rule: In statistics, the police registered cases are recorded by the dark field is not displayed in the crime stays out of it. “The PKS offers not an exact mirror image of the Crime, but, depending on the Deliktsart more or less close approximation to the reality”, – stated in the PKS for the year 2018.

The Federal criminal police office is involved in a Federal situation, 2018 crime in the context of immigration. This shows that in the case of certain offences of Violence are disproportionately immigrants among the suspects. This applies, for example, for criminal offences against life (14.3 percent). Compared with the previous year, this is, however, a decrease (2017: 15.0 percent).

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In the case of bodily injury and Robbery offences, the proportion was at least a suspect of immigrants in the year 2018, at 10.7 percent, a slight increase over the previous year (2017: 10.3 percent) and a Five-year high. It came to crimes against sexual self-determination, it was in the past year, a share of 11.8 percent with a suspected immigrants (2017: 11.9 percent).

The Federal situation, however, is also a reason for the excessive proportion of the suspected immigrants for certain violent crimes: age and gender structure of this group. The suspects were immigrants, about the case of offences against life were almost exclusively male (97 percent) and more than 70 percent are younger than 30 years. The group of young men between 14 and 30 years of age, regardless of their origin – the one that is the most active in violent crime, state crime statistics.

you look at the demographics of the people looking for Protection in Germany in General, solidifies the picture: According to Figures from the Federal Statistical office, their average age at the end of last year and 29.4 years. The proportion of men was almost 63 percent. The German population was by the end of 2017, an average of 45.4 years old and around 49 per cent are male (the latest available Figures).

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furthermore, we must distinguish within the immigrants between those who accepted to live here and those who have no perspective in Germany. While those who are committing with a perspective more frequently (violent)crime, the people without the prospect of a place to Stay and Job more frequently than the average of such offences.

“Now, people from other culture are not obvious circles to us, in whose home the non-violence, as we maintain, is, of course,” said the Bavarian Minister of the interior in the Interview. Thus, he suggests that violence is culturally could be caused. Sociologist Clemens Kroneberg expresses this concern: “If someone is violent, depends on many factors.” There is within countries, large social differences, and one could not speak of a culture of a country that lead to violence. “The culture of origin to identify as a Central cause, stoking tend to be Fears, reinforces prejudices and leads to a General suspicion towards fellow human beings from certain cultures.”

fact check: the conclusion

in the case of migrants, in fact, an increased risk for violent crime? The statement from Bavaria’s interior Minister Joachim Hermann is partially correct .

sources: “Passauer Neue Presse”, Federal I, Federal II, Federal statistical office

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