Rise in anti-refugee violence in Germany endangers efforts to provide safe havens for the displaced
- In the first half of the year, 150 arson and other attacks were recorded by the government, putting 2015 on track for a significant increase over the 170 recorded in 2014.
- One anti-immigrant demonstration in Rostock saw Albanian and Egyptian refugees attacked during a festival.
- Germany is expected to provide shelter to 450,000 asylum-seekers this year, and at least one poll indicated 50% of Germans would like to see the country take in more.
“The right’s populist ideas are spreading like wildfire in the CSU [Christian Social Union] and it’s extremely dangerous.”
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