Germany: Right-wing violence rose over 40 percent last year

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says violent politically motivated crime with a right-wing motive rose more than 40 percent last year as the country saw a large influx of migrants.

German authorities recorded 1,485 such crimes last year, up from 1,029 the previous year, according to annual crime statistics released Monday.

The Interior Ministry said there was an even bigger increase in the broader category of "hate crimes," which includes offenses that are of a racist or anti-Semitic nature or that target people because of their religion. They rose 77 percent to 10,373 from 5,858 the previous year.

Offenses targeting homes for asylum seekers more than quadrupled to 923, with acts of violence against those homes increasing to 177 from 26 the previous year.

Germany registered nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers in 2015.