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Berlin to allow rejected asylum seekers to STAY if they have been “subjected to VIOLENCE”

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Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said such refugees need “double protection” amid plans to introduce a special “decree” to halt or drop deportation charges if they had been the victims of attacks in Berlin.

In an interview with Germany’s Tagesspiegel, Giesel said the plan would be “a strong political signal to all those who think ‘who wants to expel refugees from the country should attack them’.

“Here I say ‘No’. Whoever is subjected to far-right violence [enjoys] double protection from us and will not be deported.”

Giesel added the plans to drop deportation charges are aimed to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Germany, and to make clear to the perpetrators that their attacks would “achieve the opposite” effect.

Smoke marks can be seen after far-right protestors attacked a Mosque in east Germany last yearSmoke marks can be seen after far-right protestors attacked a Mosque in east Germany last year

Whoever is subjected to far-right violence [enjoys] double protection from us and will not be deported

Andreas Geisel

Last year there were an estimated 921 attacks on refugees facilities across Germany, according to Federal Criminal Police (BKA).

Officials claim around 860 of the attacks – almost 80 per cent – had a far-right background.

The figure includes 371 cases of property damage, 211 hate speech incidents and 66 arson attacks, according to German newspaper Die Welt.

Speaking to Die Welt, Eva Hoegl, the Social Democrats’ (SPD) deputy parliamentary group leader, said: “this figure is frighteningly high”.

Meanwhile, the national government has warned it could stop offering aid to countries which refuse to take back unwanted migrants.

A Syrian teen died following a refugee camp attack in Bremen on New Year's EveGETTY

A Syrian teen died following a refugee camp attack in Bremen on New Year’s Eve

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told German weekly Der Spiegel in an interview: “Those who do not cooperate sufficiently cannot hope to benefit from our development aid”, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere he “fully supports the idea”.

Following last month’s Berlin Christmas market attack which left 12 people dead, German officials are under pressure to tackle the country’s migrant crisis more effectively.

There was intense criticism after it emerged Anis Amri, the man who ploughed a lorry into tables and stands at the capital’s winter market on December 21, had been on a number of police watch lists before he committed the horrific attack.

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