A study funded by the German government has found that the recent influx of mostly young, male migrants has led to an increase in violent crime.
The study by criminologist Christian Pfeiffer uses figures from the northern state of Lower Saxony to examine the impact of refugee arrivals on crime in 2015 and 2016.
Published Wednesday, the study attributes a 10.4 percent rise in violent crimes in the state during those two years almost exclusively to refugees.
A study funded by Angela Merkel's government has found the arrival of young, male refugees between 2015 and 2016 caused a 10.4 per cent rise in crime
During 2015 more than a million migrants arrived in Germany after Merkel threw open the borders with the pledge: 'We can do it.'
Pfeiffer, the former Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, found that north African migrants were the most likely group to commit offences while Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis were among the least likely, according to Der Spiegel.
This is because war refugees from the Middle East are told they will be allowed to remain in the country and are therefore more likely to play be the rules, Pfeiffer said.
Meanwhile those who do not qualify for refugee status are told 'you have no chances here, you