The disturbing rise in sexual assault cases has been linked to the recent surge of refugees in Germany.
The Schlossgrabenfest music festival in the city of Darmstadt, Germany witnessed multiple sexual assaults on women this Saturday. Eighteen women have registered complaints with the police stating that they were sexually assaulted. Three of the women were prompt to report this incident after they had been surrounded and sexually harassed by a group of men who were South Asian in appearance. This led to the arrest of three Pakistani refugees aged between 28 and 31.
According to the police, more of these offenders could be at large as multiple women claimed a similar pattern of attacks at the festival which attracted about 400,000 revelers over four days.
Due to the rise in sexual misconduct in the country after the influx of refugess, German authorities have taken steps such as an education center holding classes to explain to refugees how they should interact with women in Germany. The German government has allocated about €94 billion (US $105 billion) in their budget for incoming refugees over the next five years. The money will be used for housing, integration, German language courses and social welfare benefits, as well as dealing with the underlying causes of the refugee influx.
With the Federal Finance Ministry expecting around 600,000 refugees in 2016, 400,000 in 2017 and about 300,000 in each consecutive year, not everyone is happy with this. The police recorded 45 cases of arson at various refugee centers since the start of the year in addition to people calling for Chancellor Angela Merkel to limit the influx of refugees.