Police think that Cologne is a 'magnet for migrants'
The authorities wanted to find out why so many migrants from countries such as Iraq, Syria and Tunisia travelled to Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
Head of Cologne police station, Carsten Dubbers, said: “Cologne has a reputation of being a centre for celebration and events, and enjoys the highest appeal in this respect.”
A confidential report of the Federal Criminal Police Office described Cologne as a “magnet for North Africans”.
Cologne: Sex Attacks and Robberies
Tue, January 12, 2016
Thirty-one suspects, including 18 asylum seekers, are under investigation over offences including sexual assault and theft in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Far right protestors in Lepzig have rallied against refugees and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Protestors in Lepzig rally after over 100 women were sexually assualted on New Year's Eve
There were 3,000 police officers on New Year's Eve in Cologne
Some 1,310 individuals said they were victims of crime in Cologne city centre on New Year Eve's – with 662 claiming they had been sexually assaulted and 28 saying they had been raped.
The incident during in the Germany city at the beginning of 2016 sparked outrage in Germany and a U-turn in Angela Merkel's stance towards migrants.
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People flock to Cologne for the carnival
According to police, 25 cases of sexual assault were reported in Germany on New Year’s Eve this year, seven of them in Cologne.
More than 3,000 police officers were deployed across the city to ensure people were safe.
Cologne police tweeted during the evening to say controls of so-called “Nafris” – a phrase they controversially coined for North African men – were underway at the city’s main train stations.
The police were slammed for alleged racial profiling after there was a mass migrant screening over the course of New Year’s Eve.
However, the Cologne police chief, Jurgen Mathies, rejected accusations of racial profiling. He said: “There were by no means only North Africans who were checked.”