”Thomas de Maiziere said that 490 crimes had been committed this year against refugee hostels.

“What we are witnessing is a massive increase of attacks on refugee shelters on the grounds of national animosity,” de Maiziere told the newspapers of Funke mediagroup.

According to the minister, two-thirds of the attackers are citizens that have no record of criminal activity.’

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