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Germany: Nearly Two Gang Rapes per Day in 2021; Half the Suspects Foreigners

Germany recorded nearly two gang rapes per day in 2021, up 120% from 2018, with non-German citizens—despite composing less than 13% of the population—representing almost every second group rape suspect, official statistics from the federal government have revealed.

The appalling figures, released by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (BKA) following a request from Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) MP Stephan Bradner, revealed that a total of 677 gang rapes were recorded last year, up from 300 in 2018, making for an average of 1.86 every day, the German newspaper Junge Freiheit reports.

“It is a matter of imported crime and criminals,” AfD MP Bradner began. “The Federal Government itself points out that suspects who have other nationalities in addition to German are classified as only German. Therefore, the actual proportion of foreigners among the perpetrators is well over 50%.”

The Thuringian AfD lawmaker, who formerly served as the chairman of the Bundestag’s Legal Affairs Committee, then called on Germany’s radical left-liberal interior minister to “finally address this issue and fight resolutely to ensure that such conditions no longer exist in Germany.”

The newly released data comes roughly two months after last year’s report, also published by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which showed that in 2020 an average of two girls or women were the victims of group rape per day, with foreigners composing half of the suspected perpetrators.

A few months ago, in March, the German federal government published statistics that showed the percentage of foreign suspects in sexual offense cases has sharply risen in the past two decades from 35% in 2000 to more than 42% in 2022. 

In the same report, the Federal Statistical Office also indicated that from 2009 to 2020 the proportion of non-German suspects in group sexual assault cases grew from 29.55% to 41.18%, while recorded cases of sexual assault jumped from 35% to 50%.

Speaking on the shocking figures, the AfD parliamentarian said: “The proportion of non-German suspects in crimes of a sexual nature, such as rape, is staggering. Women, in particular, could have been spared a great deal of suffering if the borders had not been open to everyone.” 

But it is not only AfD politicians who are drawing attention to this deeply worrying issue. Prominent women’s rights activists have also called attention to the disproportionate role foreigners from alien cultures play in Germany’s seemingly ever-expanding gang rape problem.

Necla Kelek, a Turkish-born German feminist, author, and sociologist has previously shined a light on the issue, calling on the government to finally acknowledge the role mass migration has played in Germany’s ongoing—and continually worsening—rape problem. 

“Migration research must question how a young girl can become a victim of men who come from another cultural area,” Kelek said. “Gang rape is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. If society leaves them alone with this, the soul is almost wiped out.”

Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. His work has been featured in various English-language news outlets in Europe and the Americas. He has an educational background in biological and medical science. His Twitter handle is @R_Semonsen.