Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.
The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90% of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.
The researchers say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.
This group is most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.
The researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals.
The report comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU/CSU prepares for coalition talks with the centre-left SPD.
Both groups were seen as being hurt by their apparently liberal migration policies in September’s election.
What figures did the report use?
The report used statistics from Lower Saxony – regarded as an average state – where police saw an increase of 10.4% in reported violent crimes in 2015 and 2016.
Based on figures from the state’s interior ministry, which keeps a separate record of alleged crimes by migrants, the report suggested that 92.1% of this increase was attributable to migrants.
Lower Saxony has seen a significant increase in arrivals of migrants in recent years.
However, the researchers also said that a third of all victims of violent crimes by migrants were other migrants.
What conclusions did the report reach?
The researchers said that the best chance of reducing violent crime among migrants was to offer more help with integration through language courses, sport and apprenticeships.
But it said that many male migrants fell into the 14-30 age category, the most likely to commit violent crime.
The lack of women and families among the migrants also meant that those young men were deprived of a “violence-preventing, civilising force”, the study said.
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