Migrants in Europe Linked To Soaring Violence and Crime in Germany, Study Finds

Refugees waiting to visit family in Germany protest delays outside of Greek parliament on November 1, 2017. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

A Germany university found that a 10.4 percent increase in violent crime was linked to an influx of migrants into the country's southern region.

The increase in crime took place in 2015 and 2016 at the height of the European migration crisis, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel ignored E.U. rules and allowed an open-door policy for migrants entering the state from war-torn Syria.

More than 90 percent of the 10.4 percent increase in reported violent crimes was attributed to young male migrants in Germany's southern state of Lower Saxony, according to a new study from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. A huge wave of migrants flooded into the European Union in 2015 from countries through Greece and Turkey that led to more than one million migrants applying for asylum in Germany.

The study funded by Germany's Ministry of Family Affairs found that many violent crimes reported by police in that time linked to male migrants between 14 and 30 years old, according to Deutsche Welle. Violent crimes were significantly less likely to be committed by male migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria than they were by male migrants from northern Africa, the study said.

Between 2010 and 2016, Germany accepted 670,000 refugees and 680,000 more non-refugee migrants from outside of the E.U., according to Pew Research data from November. Eighty-six percent of refugees who entered Germany in that time were Muslim.

Migrants also were more likely to report violent crimes than German nationals, the study's authors observed.

Economically powerful and populous Germany often sets the tone for E.U. immigration policies. In September 2017, the Court of Justice ruled that E.U. countries had to reach a quota of immigrants and that the quota was "necessary to respond effectively and swiftly to an emergency situation characterized by a sudden inflow of displaced persons" despite resistance in Hungary, Slovakia and other member countries.

In 2015, Chancellor Merkel ignored E.U. rules to deport Syrian asylum seekers back to their home country, which lead to Germany's migrant crisis.