BERLIN

Germany registered 1,606 attacks on refugees and refugee shelters last year, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The Interior Ministry released the figures in response to a parliamentary question by the opposition Left Party.

Nearly 200 people were injured in the attacks, mostly committed by right-wing extremists, according to the ministry.

Far-right suspects also targeted 67 refugee organizations and volunteers helping asylum seekers.

More than 1,600 offenses recorded by the police last year included physical assaults targeting refugees, verbal slurs, threatening letters, damage to property, and arson attacks on refugee shelters.

Left Party lawmaker Ulla Jelpke said despite the coronavirus health crisis and lockdown measures that restricted public life for much of the year, far-right extremists continued their violent attacks on refugees.

“Racism in the country knows no lockdown. The number of attacks on refugees last year in Germany actually rose further,” she said in a written statement.

Germany is currently hosting nearly 1.7 million refugees, most of whom are Syrians who fled their country due to civil war and arrived in the country between 2014 and 2016.

The country witnessed growing xenophobia and anti-migrant hatred in recent years, fueled by the propaganda of neo-Nazi groups and the far-right Islamophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

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