The asylum seeker center in Tröglitz, Germany, was attacked during the night of April 4, 2015 | picture alliance/DigitalFoto Matthias
The asylum seeker center in Tröglitz, Germany, was attacked during the night of April 4, 2015 | picture alliance/DigitalFoto Matthias

Xenophobia in Germany takes many forms: from insults to incitement, arson and physical attacks. The government has revealed details of the hundreds of such offenses this year.

In the first half of 2019, police recorded a total of 609 attacks on asylum seekers in the country. Authorities classified almost all as "right-wing politically motivated crime."

In response to a question from the left faction in the German parliament, the government said that in the first six months of the year there had been 60 attacks on asylum seeker centers, according to a report in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. There were 42 attacks against aid organizations and volunteer workers, and 102 people were injured, including seven children.

Brandenburg hotspot

A quarter of the attacks on asylum seekers happened in Brandenburg. In that state alone, police reported 160 offenses specifically targetting asylum seekers and refugees. In other German states, the number of attacks was significantly lower: 62 in Baden Württemberg, 58 in Lower Saxony and 56 in Saxony.

Ulla Jelpke, interior spokesperson for the left faction, said asylum seekers in Germany were being subjected to a constant threat. "The state has a duty to protect these people," she said. The interior ministry responded that: "Everyone in our society, including politicians, shares the same responsibility to take a stand against a silent complicity or acceptance of such attacks, which are carried out by a minority."

 

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