Man stabs employee at German ‘integration center’ — Analysis
The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries after a “terrible attack,” Wuppertal city authorities said
Authorities said that a knife attack on Thursday left an employee at an immigration centre in Western Germany with serious injuries. Police have arrested the suspect who is believed to be a young Syrian man.
Wuppertal’s city administration stated in a statement, that the incident occurred on Thursday morning at the municipal House of Integration.
“The perpetrator was quickly arrested by colleagues and taken into custody until police arrived. After receiving emergency medical treatment, the employee was transported to the hospital. The perpetrator’s motive is not known, now the investigation is in full swing,” the statement reads.
The city’s mayor said that he is “deeply shocked by this terrible attack” and wished the injured person a quick recovery.
“As House of Integration’s long-term partners, we are going to do our best to provide the highest level of support for them all.” the mayor said.
According to city officials, the House of Integration will be closed from Friday through Saturday. However, specialists provide psychological support for employees.
The victim, who is now 25-years-old and still being treated in hospital by police was later added to the details. They said the operation in response to the incident involved “a high number of officers” and that an “extensive investigation” is ongoing.
Bild, which cites its sources, claims that the suspect, believed to be 20-year old Syrian male, ran into the Immigration Center building shortly before nine o’clock in the morning, leapt over the desk, and repeatedly stabbed an employee. The victim’s injuries are considered to be serious but not life threatening, according to the outlet’s information.
A report by the Federal Criminal Police Office on “Immigration and crime” revealed that the number of crimes against Germans by immigrants is significantly higher than crimes against immigrants by Germans.
40% of those 83 426 victims involved suspected immigrants were Germans. The same year, 11,107 immigrants became subjects of crimes “Involve at least one German,” the report said.
An “immigrants” is defined in the report as an “asylum seeker,” a “Person entitled to protection or asylum is referred to here as refugees,” as well as an illegal migrant. All German-born suspects were included in the count as Germans.
OSCE data shows that hate crime in Germany has increased annually every year since 2016, according to OSCE statistics. By 2020, there were more than 10,000 victims.
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