Does the constitution protect citizens from xenophobia?

For the first time, the situation report includes figures on attacks on refugees, aid workers and elected officials. The Federal Ministry of the Interior had commissioned the BKA with this more differentiated consideration of criminal offenses in the refugee context.

According to this, there were 73 right-wing violent crimes against refugees in the first three months of 2016, including one sexual assault. The BKA also records a further 368 right-wing crimes, such as propaganda offenses, property damage and sedition against refugees - these offenses are not recorded in the statistics of attacks against refugee homes. Another 88 such crimes were directed against "elected officials" in 2016, 33 against volunteers, including two bodily harm.

The report speaks of a "xenophobic mood"

There is nothing in the report about educational successes this year. It does, however, include an analysis of the suspects from 2015: 25 percent of 551 people had a criminal record, three suspects were classified as "relevant persons" by the state offices for the protection of the constitution. Compared to 2014, the proportion of female suspects has doubled.

Unlike in the 1990s, the BKA sees no connection between demonstrations and violent attacks, such as the pogroms in Rostock or Hoyerswerda. Nevertheless, verbal attacks against refugees and politicians have recently come about at events organized by Pegida or Hogesa. In the report, the BKA speaks of a "xenophobic mood" which is intended to be targeted at "bourgeois circles".