The risk of becoming a victim of a hate crime, according to a study, for asylum seekers in East Germany, ten times as high as in the Western States.

The authors from the Leibniz-centre for European economic research (ZEW) in Mannheim have found out that the probability is particularly high, where a particularly high number of migrants is settled. As a factor of influence of major is reported to be rather, how much the experiences of the Locals in the past with immigrants.

The number of attacks was “in regions with a previously low share of foreigners is higher than in regions with an already high share of foreigners,” Horst Entorf and Martin Long.

Under hate crime for the purposes of the study, it is politically understood to be motivated crime, such as incitement to hatred, a swastika-graffiti, physical attacks and arson attacks.

In the years 2013 to 2015, in an East-German circle of foreigner’s share of three percent and a settlement of 1000 asylum seekers per 100,000 inhabitants, an average of two to three Attacks in a year. For a similar sized circle in West Germany, statistically, 0.4 to 0.6 Assaults have been identified.

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