Report: Municipalities Not Equipped to Deal with Migrant Conflict, Islamic Radicalisation

Migrants walk next to camp beds in a makeshift refugee shelter near a first registration center for migrants in a gym in Stern-Buchholz, northern Germany, on September 7, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the record refugee influx to Europe's biggest economy will change the country, which was now seen …

Despite municipalities being able to house asylum seekers, many are unable to cope with ethnic and religious conflicts or recognise Islamic radicalisation, according to a study.

The report, which measured the consequences of asylum accommodations, was published by the Centre for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies and the Bonn Centre for Conversion. The study claims that many municipalities are ill equipped to deal with the realities of ethnic and religious conflict that often can lead to violence in asylum homes, Taggespiegel reports.

The researchers recommended that municipalities hire external consultants who are experts in religious and ethnic conflicts to better educate staff on how best to handle and prevent those of different cultures and values from getting into conflicts. They said that more often than not the victims tend to be religious and sexual minorities, children, and women.

A conflict was said to be most likely where asylum seekers with “different personal ideas in areas such as hygiene, gender roles or religion”, were housed close together.

The report also recommended that money should be put toward scientific research on the issue of Islamic radicalisation, as well.

Conflicts in asylum homes have been a constant throughout Germany since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015. The most brutal conflicts have often involved conservative Muslim men brutally assaulting or even killing Christian converts, homosexuals, transsexuals, and others.

The problem with harassment of Christians and homosexuals has become so problematic in some areas that even pro-migrant groups have recommended separate accommodations be created for minorities at risk of violence.

Last month, a particularly brutal attack on a homosexual couple was reported in an asylum home with one of the men involved, a Serbian migrant, having to go to a local hospital with severe injuries.

Women and children have also been victims of attacks including a five-year-old who was stabbed to death by a 41-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan. The man was later shot by police after they arrived on the scene.

Asylum homes have also experienced difficulties integrating the asylum seekers in local communities, as well. In the town of Bautzen, a gang of asylum seekers and a local group of young German men came into conflict last year.

The resulting mass brawl involved 80 Germans and 20 migrants and required 100 police to get the situation under control. The city experienced another fight between migrants and locals at a Christmas market later in the year.

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