A report released on Tuesday from German police shows that migrants were involved in the planning and/or execution of more than 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016.
Germany took in more than one million refugees in 2015 as Chancellor Angela Merkel fought for open borders to the European Union. The BKA report is the first to ever single out statistics from migrants as a group, and comes at a time when confidence in Merkel is plummeting over her immigration policies.
The most common crime committed is theft, which makes up 29.2 percent of all migrant crimes. Property or forgery offenses made up 28.3 percent of the crimes and sex crimes made up 1.1 percent.
The report doesn’t specify what the total crime rate is in Germany or how migrant crimes match up against the rate among German citizens. The number of crimes declined by more than 18 percent from January to March.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere explained that departed immigrants commit crimes to extend their stay as they cannot be deported while criminal cases against them are pending.
“A massive rise in the number of deportees would only occur if these procedural shortcomings are fixed,” de Maiziere said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle.