Racist crimes surge in the eastern parts of Germany
Racist crimes surged by almost 40 percent in eastern Germany last year, official data showed Tuesday, as the country prepared to host a record number of refugees.
The data, which includes attacks against migrants as well as violence targeted at German citizens of foreign origin, also underlined the divide in attitudes between the east and west of the country despite its reunification 25 years ago.
Although the east — which includes states from the former GDR as well as Berlin — is home to just under a fifth of Germany’s population, close to half of racially motivated crimes were committed there, according to the interior ministry’s written response to a question by a Green Party lawmaker.
In absolute numbers, that was 61 out of a total of 130 registered racist crimes, and a 40-percent jump from a year ago.