More Refugees, More Offenders, More Crime? Critical Comments with Data from Germany

  • Thomas FeltesEmail author
  • Katrin List
  • Maximilian Bertamini


This contribution assesses the topic of correlations between increasing refugee numbers and crime statistics based on data collected during the migration of more than one million refugees to Germany in 2015 and 2016. The first part is about the difficulties of comparing crime rates of nationals (in this case Germans) to those of nonnationals for various reasons, including registration and especially due to certain prevailing social factors and circumstances, such as gender and age. The contribution further analyses the paradox of citizens estimating sharply increasing crime rates, while the crime rates for most offenses are in fact declining. After displaying and evaluating the rate of crimes committed by nonnationals, the contribution turns toward the subject of crimes committed against nonnationals, with a special focus on crimes committed against refugees in general and refugee women in particular.


Refugees Crime Correlation Critical Germany 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Feltes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katrin List
    • 2
  • Maximilian Bertamini
    • 1
  1. 1.Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair of Criminology, Criminal Policies and Police ScienceBochumGermany
  2. 2.Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair of Sociology, Social Justice and GenderBochumGermany

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