Speaking in an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mrs. Kambouri said the German state was not taking the problem seriously enough, and said the police were under threat. While identifying “young Muslim men” as the main problem she and her colleagues faced, she did qualify herself, remarking: “They are, as far as I can see, men from Muslim countries. But whether they are practising Muslims or not, I can not tell”.
Despite being of a migrant background herself, commissioner Tania Kambouri has not been shy in her criticism of the failures of the integration process in Germany which is making life difficult for police, as they are harassed and even ganged up on by migrant men.
Responding to a recent report by the Federal Criminal Police Office which showed migrants committed absolutely no more crime on average than the rest of the population, Mrs. Kambouri was straight in her dismissal of the figures as fabricated. She said: “My service experience and that of my colleagues shows a different story. I would imagine something had been falsified or glossed over so not to stir fear in the population”.
“Some openly say ‘sh*t on Germany’. They behave as if it were not their state, as if they are not welcome here. I know, as the daughter of a Greek family, that everyone in Germany has the chance to become something, even if you look foreign… children must be familiarised from infancy with the German language and culture. For those who have already become conspicuous, we must impose harsher penalties”.
“The numbers of criminal acts by refugees are politically undesirable. I think many of the officials are kept in control in leading positions of policy, or at least influenced [from above]. Whoever tells the truth in these matters is quickly labelled as a Nazi… I can only say, my colleagues and I go every day on the street. We know what happens there.”
Germany has enjoyed a record year for migration. While there are no reliable figures for the numbers who have arrived so far and the government has admitted to losing track of the number of refugees in their receiving camps, the government estimates some 1.5 million are expected.