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Germany to Deport Foreigners Who Support Terrorist Acts

The German government has approved a proposal from the Interior Ministry, which legitimises the expulsion and deportation of foreigners who support terrorist acts.

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According to a press release by the Interior Ministry, foreigners who showcase approval of terrorist crimes can also risk deportation. This initiative is led by the German government as part of its national efforts to raise public security, Schengen.News reports.

We are taking tough action against Islamist and anti-Semitic hate crimes on the internet. In Germany, too, the terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel were celebrated in the most disgusting way on social media. 

Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser

Germany Approves Tight Measures for Terrorist Acts Supporters

The changes that have been added to the deportation law include deportation even on approving or promoting a single terrorist crime. That could be a comment on the internet, which indicates that foreigners should be very careful about what they share or comment on social media.

The other change to the law indicates that there is no need for a criminal court conviction for those charged with such accusations to receive their punishment if the criminal offence is under Section 140 of the Criminal Code.

In addition to consistent prosecution, we also need stricter instruments under immigration law. We are creating these now. Anyone who does not have a German passport and glorifies terrorist acts here must – wherever possible – be expelled and deported. 

Minister Faeser

There have been several terrorist crimes in the last few years, and the phenomenon is a rising trend. In Mannheim, Germany, an Islamist attack left a young officer dead. Germany’s neighbouring country of France has also been severely exposed by the terrorist attacks.

Religion-Inspired Terrorism Acts to the EU Are Most Common Of All

According to a report by Europol – the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation, terrorism-related arrests are most common for jihadist or religiously inspired acts.

In 2021, 260 arrests were made for religiously-inspired reasons, compared to 64 that were made for right-wing extremists and 26 for ethno-nationalists and separatists.

Moreover, arrests of those committing religiously motivated acts have been increasing in the last decade. In 2010, three arrests were made, while this number rose to 718 in 2016.

In the EU, France had five attacks in 2021 and 140 arrests were made. Spain and Italy follow next with 47 and 40 arrests made, respectively. Germany is the fourth country with the most arrests for terrorist acts – 34.

In terms of attacks, after France, Germany experienced three of them, while Sweden recorded two. Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Belgium and Spain reported one attack each.

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