Germany: Nearly 300 attacks on asylum shelters so far this year
Refugees from Syria arrive at the Friedland shelter near Goettingen, central Germany, on April 4, 2016, after arriving from Turkey at the airport in Hanover. (AFP/Swen Pfoertner)
German police said Tuesday that they have counted almost 300 attacks and other criminal offenses targeting shelters for asylum-seekers in the first quarter of 2016, Reuters reported.
Nearly 300 attacks so early in the year means 2016 could surpass the number of attacks last year. In 2015, more than one million migrants arrived in Germany, and attacks jumped to 1,029 last year, compared with 199 in 2014 and 69 in 2013.
Following the effective closure of the Balkan migration route and arrivals in Germany slowing to a trickle, it remains unclear what impact it could have on future attacks and anti-refugee sentiment in general.
Of the 292 attacks recorded by police in the first quarter, 33 were arson attacks, 59 were acts of violence, and one was an explosion. The remaining attacks were property damage and propaganda offenses, police said.
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