7,000 migrant crimes not investigated, German publication claims

World | 7 Mar 2019 5:44 pm

A newspaper is reporting that German authorities received about 7,000 indications that migrants coming to the country had committed war crimes in their home countries but that only 129 of these cases were investigated.

Bild reported today that the country's office for migration and others reported these hints to federal prosecutors and the federal office of criminal investigation between 2014 and early 2019.

The information was contained in a response to a question by lawmakers and confirmed by the interior ministry, Bild said.

Between 2015 and 2016 some 1 million migrants arrived in Germany, most of them from war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

For weeks, thousands of migrants crossed into the country daily to apply for asylum, often making thorough background checks impossible for the overwhelmed authorities. -AP

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