Bleg: Local/National Press Reports of Violence in Refugee Shelters?

One thing I've noticed recently is that the national, mainstream German media rarely focuses extended attention on violence and crime in Germany's overcrowded refugee shelters. To get this information, you usually have to scour the websites of local German newspapers. 

When you do, the results are shocking. The picture is of hundreds of random strangers packed into close quarters with very little privacy and no security. There are nowhere near enough German police to bring order to shelters housing 500,000? 600,000? people, and even if there were, the police wouldn't speak the language. Many shelters, therefore, seem to have no security, or only 'private security guards', i.e. rent-a-cops, who are likely low-paid, not trained for this job, and unable to speak Pashto or Arabic. Some of them even turn out to be Islamic extremists or members of organized crime.

I think this is a gigantic scandal. Mainly because women are being raped and Christians, Yezidis and gays threatened with death — and the criminals doing these things are getting off scot-free and are permitted to move around Germany freely. Also, my personal view is that Germany has allowed far too many people in too quickly without sufficient checks. I get the strong impression that the security situation in many of these places is out of control. (You don't have to agree with that, by the way.)

Lawless zones of random violence, right here in Germany.

So my bleg, if you are so inclined, is to include in comments links to local or national German press coverage of violence in German refugee shelters. Preferably to sources without a clear political bias, although I'll accept those too, if they actually have facts to report, not opinion, speculation or rumors. After I collect enough of these, I'll translate them into English for a worldwide audience and post a longer piece, perhaps even submit it to a newspaper. 

4 thoughts on “Bleg: Local/National Press Reports of Violence in Refugee Shelters?

  1. That you, Andrew, have to resort to this bleg brings up the question of how reliable German reporting is. How free and independent German journalists are. What the extent of government influence or censorship is.

    The “welcome refugees” reporting of Bild Zeitung, Spiegel, etc., seems like hype to me. The sudden dropping of online readers’ comments about the refugee crisis was downright eerie. Opinion polls contradict each other. Press releases paint a glowing, too-good-to-be-true picture of Germany’s migrant future.

    Am I just too skeptical? Is the so-called Willkommens- und Anerkennungskultur (that odd Orwellian phrase, reminding me of former GDR agitprop) as universal as German politicians and media make it out to be? Just what do most Germans believe and think and say in private about nearly a million migrants arriving this year and probably in coming years?

    To be sure, the reporting of some newspapers, like the FAZ’s, has become more cautious and reserved, and Merkel has been openly criticized here and there.

    Some censoring or self-censoring may be appropriate. Especially in a country where political extremist violence is on the rise. More assaults on migrants, arson attacks, and so on must be avoided. Does the old cliché apply here–Holmes’s shouting fire in a crowded theater?

    Still, you wonder, what are the facts and where do you find them? Alternative sources like “politically incorrect” and so on cannot by any stretch be considered reliable.


  2. I’m sure you have seen this compilation already, Andrew, but other German Joys readers may not have:

    Note the police spokesman going on record about the media blackout on “refugee” crime.

    By the way, your official “four million Muslims in Germany” figure was too low when it was published, years ago. There is no “stop and frisk” in Germany, no Arizona-like policy to check IDs of swarthy people. Undocumented Muslims added at least another million to that figure even then. More than a million Muslims have immigrated in the meantime.

    So now we are at six million plus. And they keep coming. Then, the family reunifications and arranged marriages. It’s a ratchet dynamic. The number keeps going up, any downturns are insignificant and short-lived.


  3. I think there is hardly disagreement any longer that immigration — legal or illegal — increases crime. By the way, this goes for Germans, too. During the mid-19th century surge in German immigration to the U.S., violent crime including rape skyrocketed. And ethnic German immigrants to Germany from the former Soviet Union have been notoriously more crime-prone than the indigenous population.

    But Germans in the U.S. soon became a law-abiding demographic, as the “Russlanddeutsche” can be expected to become in Germany. The question is, can the same be said for any country to which Muslims have immigrated in large numbers? Or are they everywhere a sullen, resentful minority with lower productivity — a millstone around the neck of the general population — and higher propensity to crime and intimidation? If so, why should we expect that “this time will be different”? Can they change?

    Aesop’s fable of Ms. Frog and Mr. Scorpion comes to mind. The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the river as he cannot swim. “But if I carry you on my back, you will sting me,” says the frog. “Of course not,” answers the scorpion. “If I do, then I will drown, too!” So Ms. Frog agrees. Midway across the river, she feels a terrible pain in her back. “Why did you sting me?” she asks. “Now we will both die.” Scorpion answers, “Yes, but I cannot help myself. It is my nature.”


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