Violence getting ‘out of hand’ at German refugee centres

There is a risk of violence among asylum seekers getting out of hand at accommodation centres in Germany, the country’s police union chief said on Friday in remarks reflecting growing concern over a record refugee influx.

More than 200,000 migrants are estimated to have arrived in Germany in September alone – roughly the same as for the whole of last year – and the government estimates that 800,000 or more could come over the course of 2015.

More than 500,000 migrants have reached the European Union so far this year, many fleeing war in the Middle East and Africa and others pursuing a better life in the affluent EU, with Germany and Sweden among the most favoured destinations.

“We’re running the risk that the situation in refugee accommodation will get out of control,” police union chief Rainer Wendt told the mass-circulation newspaper Bild.

“Our experience suggests that in many places there are, unfortunately, very targeted and well-prepared violent clashes with ethnic or religious motivations almost every day.”

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