Sunday, 17 January 2016

Leading North-Rhine Westphalian state politicians were informed about crimes being committed by groups of North African men living in refugee centres in North-Rhine Westphalia as far back as October 2014. But in order not to cause disquiet in the population, they did not go public with this information. This is revealed by the minutes of an Interior Committee meeting on 23 October 2014. 
According to the minutes, Interior Minister Ralf Jäger (SPD), his state secretary Bernhard Nebe and state Interior Affairs politicians from the CDU, FDP and Greens agreed that in North-Rhine Westphalia there was a dangerous group of North-African asylum seekers who consumed excessive alcohol, attacked and harassed citizens, robbed businesses and abused passers-by - in the districts of Wickede, Hemer and Urbach among others. 
... The state Interior Affairs experts then agreed that such incidents would stir up "fear" of refugees and could "tip public perceptions", according to State Secretary Nebe. Free Democrat Joachim Stamp warned colleagues in 2014 that such incidents could "quickly lead to interested parties stirring up feelings about this". We should "be happy" that "current media reporting on the growing numbers of refugees is sensible." 
Other participants warned of the threat of "stigmatisation" as a result of disclosing the information.


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