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Asylum Seekers Make Up Almost Half of All Foreign Criminals in Austria

Asylum Seekers Make Up Almost Half of All Foreign Criminals in Austria

Austrian Vice Chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has released new figures showing that asylum seekers made up 45.9 per cent of all criminals in Austria with foreign backgrounds in 2016.

Mr. Kickl said that the number of foreign suspects in criminal cases had increased by 13 per cent in 2016 and that foreigners were suspects in 40 per cent of all crimes in Austria.

Vice Chancellor Strache said the security report had both positive and negative statistics saying that in some areas, like burglaries, the number of crimes had gone down.

In 2016, former Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka presented shocking statistics that showed migrant sex attacks alone had increased 133 per cent that year.

In 2017, Sobotka released another report showing that the vast majority, or 90 per cent, of asylum seekers who do manage to get refugee status end up on welfare benefits.

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