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More migrants - more crime and less safety in the EU

Summary of Disinformation

Migrants are bringing crime and violence and they contribute substantially to Europe’s decay. Eurostat’s recent survey on the safest EU countries (Croatia, Poland and Slovakia) was used to ‘prove’ that security is directly dependant on the lack of immigrants and unwillingness to let them in. The same media also described the statistics on basic firearms licences in Germany, highlighting a substantial increase (of 130%) of licences and linking it to the bigger numbers of migrants in the country and a general increase in the murders, rapes and terror attacks caused by them.

voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/migrant-free-slovakia-is-in-top-three-of-safest-eu-countries/, voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/germany-number-of-firearms-licences-more-than-doubles-during-the-migrant-crisis/
web.archive.org/web/20181211081520/https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/germany-number-of-firearms-licences-more-than-doubles-during-the-migrant-crisis/, web.archive.org/web/20181211081522/https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/migrant-free-slovakia-is-in-top-three-of-safest-eu-countries/

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative regarding migrants as a threat to the EU and to the security of its member states. No evidence was presented. The original Eurostat data, to which the disinforming outlet is referring, do not say anything about the link between safety and presence of immigrants or lack thereof. Moreover, the country with the biggest number of people reporting crime, violence or vandalism, according to the same data, is Bulgaria - a country which,in light of another set of data by Eurostat, actually has one of the lowest numbers of migrants. Therefore, the disinforming outlet's arguments does not hold ground anyway. The statistical information introduced in the articles was manipulated to show correlations between the numbers and the safety threats coming from migrants. No such correlations exist.

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Reported in: Issue 129
Date: 04.12.2018
Language: English
Country: Slovakia, Croatia, Germany, Poland
Keywords: security threat, Terrorism, Migration crisis
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Voice of Europe
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