The German state of Brandenburg has introduced an unusual law to prevent a potential tide of right-wing extremist violence against asylum seekers. The law automatically provides residence permit to asylum seekers who are victims of xenophobic attacks, reports Berlingske.
The law is suppose to send a signal to perpetrators that attacks on refugees and migrants "do not pay."
Although it is only a tiny minority of Germany's asylum seekers who have been exposed to extreme right-wing attacks, it is a growing problem.
According to Der Tagesspiegel, the number of extreme right-wing violent crimes increased by more than 23 percent from 2014 to 2015, and although the figures for 2016 have not yet been released yet, police assesses that attacks have increased by another 20 percent in 2016.
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