German city temporarily bans refugees amid violence cases

Coupled with a lackluster economy, the influx has fueled anti-immigrant sentiment among German citizens, and Cottbus is home to one of the country’s largest right-wing extremist scenes. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 22, 2018, 12.11 PM (IST)

A German city has imposed a temporary ban on new refugees in order to curb the number of recent violence incidents, reports said on Sunday. 

Cottbus, about 120 kilometers southeast of Berlin has seen violence from refugees and right-wing extremists since the beginning of the year. 

Last week, Brandenburg state police informed that two Syrian teenage boys had been arrested after they attacked a German teenager in the face with a knife in a brawl. The boy had sustained some injuries, reports said. 

Previous to that incident, a group of Syrian teenage boys had also attacked a couple outside a shopping center. Officials have stated that one of the boys a “negative residency permit” effectively ordering him and his father to leave the city.

Brandenburg’s state interior minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said that the ban would continue will the next few months and the city has planned some more safety measures including increased video surveillance, a larger presence of police officers and 10 new social worker positions throughout local schools. 

Also, officers will be on round on daily foot patrols of the city from late afternoon to evening "for as long as it serves its purpose."

Cottbus, a small university center with just over 100,000 residents, has taken in around 3,000 asylum seekers since embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country to a large number of refugees in 2015.

Coupled with a lackluster economy, the influx has fueled anti-immigrant sentiment among German citizens, and Cottbus is home to one of the country’s largest right-wing extremist scenes.