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Far-right extremist crime surged 40% as Germany welcomed refugees

Published 28/06/2016

Germany welcomed an influx of refugees last year amid the migrants crisis
Germany welcomed an influx of refugees last year amid the migrants crisis

The number of crimes committed by far-right extremists rose by more than 40% in Germany last year.

An annual report by the domestic intelligence agency recorded 1,408 violent crimes by far-right extremists in 2015. That compares with 990 such incidents the previous year.

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said far-right extremists targeted asylum seekers in particular.

Far-right groups saw a rise in membership and support amid growing anti-foreigner sentiment last year, amid an unprecedented influx to Germany of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

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