Police in Cologne said Friday a large proportion of crimes in the city could be attributed to North Africans, adding to Germany’s swelling debate about migrant criminality since the country was shaken by a string of assaults on New Year’s Eve.
In 2015, more than 10% of all suspects investigated by police in the Rhineland city were from “North African countries”—defined as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Lebanon—according to Norbert Wagner, head of the Cologne police’s crime department. Around 40% of all known pick-pocketing was committed by people from these countries, he said.
“The rise has been particularly stark over the past year,” Mr. Wagner added.
In 2014, 8.8% of suspects investigated for alleged criminal acts were from North African countries, Mr. Wagner said.Read the rest of the story HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
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