More than half the German people fear the rise of Islam in their country, including two thirds of over-45s, a study has found. The study, conducted by polling firm INSA Consulere for the Evangelical News Agency, found 57 per cent of Germans hold a negative few of Islam in their country, including 61 per cent of women. Less than a third of respondents did not share this fear.
The fear of Islam is also particularly strong among Catholics at 61.5
percent, mainline Protestants at 59.6 per cent and other Christians at
55.5 per cent. Non-churchgoers are also wary of rising Islam, with 57
per cent saying they fear it.
The survey comes as German Chancellor Angel Merkel faces increasing
criticism over her decision to open Germany’s borders to over a million
migrants last year, leading to a backlash among the German people and
the rise of the anti-mass immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD)
The poll also found that fear of rising crime as a result of the
migrant influx is also high, particularly among the country’s Jewish
population, with 92 per cent of Jews saying they fear attacks.
Christians of all denominations also believe Germany will be less
safe as a result of the migrant surge, with more than three in five
saying they believe crime will rise.
In May, Germany’s Interior Minister published a report showing migrants contributing disproportionately to the country’s crime figures.
If migrants were not considered, crime rates in Germany would have
remained roughly static over the previous year. In fact, the country saw
an extra 402,741 crimes committed.
Many of these crimes were illegal border crossings, but authorities
also recorded the 70 per cent of pickpocketings were by non-Germans, of
which 34 per cent were by recent asylum seekers.
Despite, the figures, however, German politicians and establishment
media focused on “politically-motivated crimes by the far-right”, with
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere telling a news conference: “We are
witnessing a growing and increasingly pronounced readiness to use
violence, both by right- and left-wing extremists.”