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Germans Torch 222 Muslim Refugee Homes


With an influx in asylum seekers, Germany has seen a wave of violence against Muslim refugees and immigrants, including attacks on shelters and homes, Agence France-Presse reported Monday. Germany has volunteered to take the highest number of refugees in the European Union, expecting between 800,000 and 1 million asylum seekers, most from the war-torn Middle East, before the end of the year.

At least 222 homes belonging to refugees were lit on fire since January, the Local reported, citing an investigation in German newspaper Die Zeit. Of those attacks, in which 104 people were wounded, four people were prosecuted for their involvement. Including the arson attacks, Die Zeit’s investigation found that at least 747 crimes had been perpetrated against refugees in the nation since the beginning of the year.

“The fact that there have been no deaths yet is plain luck,” Timo Reinfrank, program director at the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which works to counter neo-Nazism, told AFP.

An escalating civil war in Syria, as well as violent armed conflicts throughout the world, has sent more than half a million people fleeing their homes, said to be seeking safe haven in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led the charge to welcome refugees with open



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