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Reuters reported on 1 August that the number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose by 8.5% to a record height of 18.6 million in 2016. The German Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday, that the increase is largely due to the influx of refugees. What the numbers mean, is that just over a fifth of the German population (22.5%) now consists of first or second generation immigrants, with at least one parent born without German citizenship, the Office stated.

The vast majority of the immigrant population is said to have links to other European countries, but 2.3 million people in Germany now have family links to the Middle East. This represents an almost 51% increase since 2011. In comparison to 2011, the number of people with African origins has risen with 46%, to around 740,000. Partly, these increases are a result of Germany taking in more than a million immigrants during 2015 and 2016.

In unrelated news, the German Police has had to introduce a new category in its yearly reporting of crime statistics. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) added a separate sub category called ‘migrants‘ to separately chart refugees, asylum seekers, and illegal immigrants. According to BKA reporting, the number of migrant crime suspects grew with 52.7% from 2015 to 2016. Although the category comprises less than 2% of the German population in 2016, they account for 8.6% of all suspects – up from 5.7% in 2015.

Although non-Germans make up approximately 10% of the overall German population, they accounted for 30.5% of all crime suspects in 2016, up from 27.6% in 2015. The number of non-German crime suspects who legally reside in Germany jumped from 555.820 in 2015 to 616.230 in 2016, an increase of 11%.

According to the BKA, there was a 14.3% increase in the number of murders and cases of manslaughter, while the number of rapes and sexual assault increased by 12.7%. There was a 9.9% increase in aggravated assault, while the number of weapons offences saw a rise of 14.8%. There were 7.1% more drugs related offences.

Non-Germans were suspected of committing 2.512 rapes and sexual assaults in Germany in 2016, for an average of seven each day. Primary offenders were Syrians, followed closely by Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Iranians, Algerians, Moroccans, Eritreans, Nigerians and Albanians. The seriousness of this is compounded by accusations, most importantly by André Schulz, head of the Criminal Police Union, (BDK) that German authorities are underreporting the true scale of the migrant rape problem, for political reasons. Up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 are said not to appear in the official statistics.

Non-Germans were suspected of committing 11.525 robberies in Germany, an average of 32 a day, in 2016. Here Moroccans take the lead, followed by Algerians, Syrians, Georgians, Tunisians, Albanians, Afghans, Serbs, Iraqis and Iranians. Aggravated assaults: 56.252 in 2016, or 154 a day.

The ranking? Syrians, followed by Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, Moroccans, Algerians, Somalis, Albanians, Eritreans and Pakistanis. Violations of German immigration laws: 487.711 in 2016, up 21.1% from 2015. An increase of 61.4% to nearly 250.000 of the number of migrants entering the country illegally in 2016.

The data contradicts claims by the BKA in December 2016 that migrant crime was decreasing. During a press conference in April 2014, Thomas de Maizière, Minister of the Interior, could only admit that:

The proportion of foreign suspects, and migrants in particular, is higher than the average for the general population. This cannot be sugarcoated. There is an overall rise in disrespect, violence and hate. Those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here.

That there is something rotten in the state of Germany, was already clear. But the report (PDF) is characteristically German in showing the extent.