There were at least two attacks every day on invader centers in Germany during 2016—while over 3,366 assaults and “other offenses” against invaders were recorded during the same period, according to figures released by that country’s Federal Criminal Police office.
In its annual statistical report, the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police, or BKA) said that 970 “offenses against asylum seekers” were registered during the 2016 year, an average of 2.6 every day.
This figure was down from the 2015 total of 1,031 offenses, but still about five times as high as the 2014 total of 199.
Different states in Germany reported another 2,396 “crimes against refugees” outside of the invader centers during 2016, making up the official total of 3,366.
The BKA report also revealed that attacks with firearms on invader centers had risen from 31 such incidents in 2015, to 57 in 2016.
In addition, there were almost 400 “other assaults” against invaders not in the immediate vicinity of the invader centers.
However, the report said, other “offenses against asylum seekers” such as “incitement against,” and “insulting” invaders have declined considerably compared to 2015.
The number of arson attacks on invader centers has also declined from 2015, with around 80 being registered for the entire year.
The BKA report said that given the upcoming elections in Germany in 2017, it was expecting the number of attacks to increase once again.
On February 9, a member of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) was sentenced to eight years in prison for burning down a sports hall that was to be used to accommodate invaders.
Maik Schneider (29), was convicted of the August 2015 arson at the hall in Nauen, just west of Berlin, by a Potsdam court. He was given an additional 18-month prison term for other offences.
No one was injured in the blaze but the hall was completely destroyed, with the cost of the damage estimated at €3.5 million.
An accomplice, who was not identified by the DPA news agency, was given a seven-year term, while four others were given suspended sentences of varying lengths.
During the trial, Schneider had claimed that he was trying to send a political message but had not meant to burn down the building.
Judge Theodor Horstkotter said Schneider and his accomplices had clearly acted on their beliefs. “The attack was meant to signal to refugees: you are not welcome here, we don’t have space for you, you aren’t safe here,” he said.