Why Trump is wrong (again) on migrants and crime in Germany [barf] TheLocal.de ^ | 18 June 2018 16:17 CEST+02:00 | Jörg Luyken  Posted on 6/18/2018, 3:00:46 PM by Olog-hai

Why Trump is wrong (again) on migrants and crime in Germany [barf]
TheLocal.de ^ | 18 June 2018 16:17 CEST+02:00 | Jörg Luyken 

Posted on 6/18/2018, 3:00:46 PM by Olog-hai

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to fire off two tweets about the “tenuous” state of politics in Germany. Not for the first time, he showed his ignorance of developments in German society.

Trump waded into the political crisis facing Chancellor Angela Merkel, declaring that the German people were “turning against their leadership” over immigration. “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” he said in a pair of tweets. “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” he said, adding that “crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!” […]

… [H]is assertion that “crime in Germany is way up” is simply not true. Crime figures for last year show a drastic drop in reported crime. Most types of crime — including violent crime — fell in 2017, meaning it was actually the year with the least reported crime in three decades.

While reported crime is a far from reliable way of calculating actual crime, it is also the only method that currently exists of tracking nationwide crime trends.

Trump also asserts that refugees have “strongly and violently” changed German culture. What exactly he means by this is not clear. German beer consumption has dropped in recent years but we haven’t seen any refugees ripping Maßes from their hands at Oktoberfest. Last time we checked, they were also still fans of Bratwurst and bad pop music. […]

… Several politicians from moderate parties such as the Greens and the Christian Democrats have stuck their heads above the parapet and pointed out that asylum seekers are over-represented in crime statistics. …

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