Extremist criminal offences based on religious ideology Germany 2019

Membership in or support of a foreign terrorist group made up the highest number of recorded criminal offences with an extremist background based on religious ideology in Germany. In total, there were 135 of these recorded in 2019.

Salafist numbers on the rise

There have been various terror attacks in Germany during the second half of the twentieth century. Although often associated with, terrorism is not connected exclusively to religious ideology. Such attacks can also be part of politically motivated crime. However, the same as in other countries in Western Europe, religiously fueled terrorism is still a concern for German authorities, which is the reason the number of Islamists and Salafists living in Germany is being monitored. Based on recent figures, while the number of Islamists on German soil has decreased (though this was recorded among non-violent groups), the opposite is true for Salafists.

Terror attacks in Europe

Based on a recent survey, the German population considers terrorist attacks a real threat for the country. Of terror attacks that happened in Europe in 2018, the United Kingdom and France were the primary targets.

Number of criminal offences with an extremist background based on religious ideology in Germany in 2019, by type of offence

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July 2020



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