Growing numbers of North Africans are coming to Germany. Their chances of asylum are slim. Deporting them is difficult. But there is increasing pressure on the countries from the federal Interior and Justice ministries.
In an interview, Saxony's Interior Minister Markus Ulbig (CDU) has now called for improved cooperation between both authorities and faster deportation of criminal immigrants. "Immigrants appear disproportionately represented in crimes of violence," he told the Bild newspaper.
The share of Tunisian citizens is markedly high in this respect. "They make up almost one quarter of all immigrants who are criminal suspects." The share of Tunisians among all immigrants is only four per cent. The same applies for Multiple/Intensive Perpetrators. Among them, the share of Tunisian citizens is "markedly high" with a share of over one third, explained Ulbig.
Considered as a whole, citizens of all North African countries are disproportionately involved in crimes. "Immigrants from the so-called Maghreb states are responsible for around 43% of all immigrant crimes in Saxony." The Maghreb states include Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
The opposite picture is apparent with immigrants from Syria. Although almost one third of immigrants came from Syria: "Their share of criminal suspects is below five per cent."
In the first nine months of 2015 Saxony received 45,000 immigrants, of whom 4695 committed a total of 10,397 crimes. These crimes were mainly thefts at around 40%, benefits fraud at around 18%, assault at around 11% and drug offences at around five per cent.
Deportation, said Ulbig, is not possible in many cases. Often North African countries refuse to take them back, as the migrants have no corresponding travel documents.Source