Mayor Says Parents Fear for Children After Migrant Centre Becomes Crime Hotspot

Mayor Says Parents Fear for Children After Migrant Centre Becomes Crime Hotspot


The mayor of a German city has said locals are afraid to let their children out alone because of growing criminality at an asylum seeker centre housing hundreds of migrants.

André Knapp, the mayor of the city of Suhl in Thuringia, said that locals are on edge due to the rampant criminality at a reception centre that currently hosts around 600 asylum seekers. Mr Knapp has also come out against suggestions that the city should take in even more migrants.

Police said that from January to mid-May there had been at least 200 reported crimes involving residents of the asylum home, Focus reports.

“Problems usually concern young men from North Africa, especially after excessive consumption of alcohol,” Knapp told the magazine. He mentioned particular concern for children walking through the city centre after a recent stabbing.

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“Many people are critical of the recurring and sometimes increasing crime in the city centre,”

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