Massive Violence Against Refugees in Germany Increasing

© AP Photo / Bernd von JutrczenkaRefugees and migrants wait outside the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs in Berlin, Germany, Friday Sept. 11, 2015
Refugees and migrants wait outside the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs in Berlin, Germany, Friday Sept. 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Violence against refugees is on the rise in Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — Thomas de Maiziere said that 490 crimes had been committed this year against refugee hostels.

"What we are witnessing is a massive increase of attacks on refugee shelters on the grounds of national animosity," de Maiziere told the newspapers of Funke mediagroup.

Migrants wait at a meadow near Breitenberg, south eastern Germany, October 5, 2015, before the German police will bring them to a first registration point in Passau. - Sputnik International
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According to the minister, two-thirds of the attackers are citizens that have no record of criminal activity.

"I find this very disturbing," the minister said, stressing the necessity to raise awareness about the unacceptability of violent action against refugees.

Europe is currently experiencing the largest migrant flow since World War II. According to German media, the country could expect an influx of about 1.5 million refugees in 2015, well over a previously announced official forecast of 800,000.

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