According to media reports, an ever-greater number of asylum-seekers in Germany are accusing themselves of belonging to a terrorist organization. As the newspapers Stuttgarter Nachrichten and Schwäbische Zeitung have reported, the public prosecutors in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe recorded 159 cases of this nature in the first quarter of this year alone; there had been 300 throughout the entirety of last year.
Already in 2017, the German authorities had spoken of an upsurge in these self-denunciations. Many asylum-seekers confessed to being forcibly compelled to belong to an Islamist organization, but were actually merely seeking a means to prevent their expulsion, according to Achim Brauneisen, Stuttgart’s Attorney General.
“Investigations are often very expensive, because they almost always involve claims of acts that were committed abroad, as in, for example, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or Somalia,” a spokesman for the Department of Justice said.