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Crime convictions in Germany down 10 percent since 2010 while convicted foreigners increased 51 percent

In Germany, the number of convictions for criminal offenses has fallen by ten percent in the past decade, but the number of convicted foreigners increased 51%

Berlin - Between 2010 and 2019, the number of convicted Germans fell by 27 percent (644,000 to 473,000), according to a response from the Federal Ministry of Justice to the request of AfD member of the Bundestag René Springer, reports Welt am Sonntag. The number of foreigners convicted rose accordingly by 51 percent (170,000 to 256,000). This means that more than a third of those convicted did not have a German passport.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the strong increase in the number of convictions of foreigners is mainly explained by the fact that the foreign population grew from 7.2 to 10.1 million (plus 40 percent) in the period from 2010 to 2019. These statistics also include convictions for offenses against the Residence Act, which almost only foreigners can commit. In 2019, 9,313 non-Germans were convicted of such crimes and only 155 people with German passports.

In the statistics, Germans also count as citizens who keep their old citizenship. The most frequent convictions among Germans in 2019 were for fraud (53,000), theft (47,000), drunkenness on the road (40,000), fraudulent performance (32,000) as well as drug possession (27,000) and driving without a license (25,000). Among the convicted foreigners, the most common offenses were theft (38,000), driving without a license (20,000), fraud (19,000), fraudulent achievements (18,000), drunk driving (14,000) and bodily harm (12,000 ).

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