The latest survey conducted by the Justice Ministries in Germany’s 16 federal states revealed that the number of migrants in prisons have reached a record high. 

According to the report, more than 50% of the inmates in Berlin and Hamburg are foreign- born and the number of jihadists within the prison system has increased.

The data showed that the number of migrant inmates started increasing significantly in 2015, when Chancellor Angela Merkel abandoned the legal system applied on border controls and allowed the entry of over a million migrants from Africa, Asia and Middle East.

In the past three to five years, all of Germany’s federal states reported a dramatic increase of migrant prisoners.

For example, since 2016 western federal states have noted an increase in the ratio of foreign inmates from 51% to 61% in Hamburg; from 43% to 51% in Berlin; from 44% to 48% in Baden-Württemberg; from 35% to 41% in Bremen.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, similar increases were recorded.

In Hesse, the proportion increased only slightly, but in Bavaria, the proportion rose from 31 percent to 45 percent since 2012.

Eastern federal states also recorded an upsurge. 

Since 2016, the number of foreign prisoners has more than doubled in Saxony. 160 foreign inmates from 66 different countries were listed in the prison system of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The survey also showed that 20% of the 65,000 inmates in the German prison system are Muslim; 300 of which are hardcore jihadists, while another 350 have pending warrants for their arrests.

“The number of prisoners who have become conspicuous because of their Islamist sentiment has risen sharply in the past two years,” said Guido Wolf, the Minister of Justice for Baden-Württemberg.

“This presents new challenges for our prison officials, who are already exposed to great burdens. We are doing everything we can to detect signs of Islamist radicalization at an early stage and resolutely to oppose it.”

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