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Germany: Past 2 Decades Saw Proportion of Foreign Sex Offenders Rise Dramatically 

Newly released figures from the German federal government have revealed that the proportion of foreign suspects in criminal cases involving sexual offenses has risen dramatically in the past twenty years, climbing from 35% to 42%. 

The unsettling statistics, made public just days after the world celebrated International Women’s Day, came following a request from the national-conservative Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the Bundestag, and revealed the share of foreign suspects in sexual offense cases rose from over one-third to almost half of all suspects between 2000 and 2020, Junge Freiheit reports.

Nationals from Turkey, Afghanistan, and Syria were the most commonly represented among alleged sexual offenders, according to the government, which cited figures from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany.

Figures from the statistical office also revealed the percentage of non-German rape suspects also jumped between 2009 and 2020, jumping from 29.55% to 41.18%. Furthermore, concerning cases of sexual assault in the past twenty years, statistics show that although the overall number of cases fell, the number of non-German suspects increased from 35% to 50%, with Turkish nationals comprising the largest group of suspects, followed by Afghans and Syrians.

Commenting on the rather alarming trend, AfD Co-Chairman Stephan Bradner said: “The proportion of non-German suspects in crimes of a sexual nature, such as rape, is shocking. Women, in particular, could have been spared a great deal of suffering if the borders had not been open to everyone.”

“Especially around Women’s Day we hear from all sides how important it is to make good politics for women,” Bradner continued. “From my point of view, however, this should not mean that gender is used throughout, but rather that women can move about safely and do not have to be afraid of going out on the street in the dark.”

The latest crime data from the Federal Statistical Office mirrors figures published by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) last summer that revealed that nearly half of all suspected perpetrators of gang rapes were non-German.

Similar statistical trends such as the latest revealed by the German government have been witnessed across multicultural western Europe for years now. Although the phenomenon is clearly observable in the UK, France, Italy, Denmark, and elsewhere, it is perhaps most apparent in Sweden. 

In fact, results from a 2018 survey carried out by the Swedish state broadcaster SVTrevealed individuals born abroad—despite comprising about 13% of the population—composed 58% of rape convicts. A separate investigation conducted in 2018, this time carried out by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladetfound that since 2012, 82 of the 112 men and boys convicted in gang rape, or 72.2% of the cohort, were born outside of Europe.

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.


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