In a grim reminder of growing intolerance and hatred towards migrants, the latest statistics by Germany’s interior ministry revealed that more than 2,500 refugees in the country were assaulted last year. In total, about 3,500 strikes were reported against refugees, migrants and their shelters in Germany in 2016, which raises serious questions over the safety of these vulnerable people who have fled conflict zones.
Ulla Jelpke, an M.P. for the socialist Die Linke party, attributed the dramatic surge in anti-migrant violence to the supporters of country’s far right, reports Al Jazeera. Jelpke called on the government to take immediate action before the security problem gets out of control and claims innocent lives.
Germany, which welcomed more than one million refugees in 2015, faces a tough challenge in tackling xenophobia, notes VOA News. The issue, which drove popular sentiment in favor of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) part, is likely to be a decisive factor in the upcoming elections in September.