“ The city is also plagued by skyrocketing homelessness [and] a rise in drug addiction. Hamburg’s health needs of many are not met by state and federal funds and it must be improved at municipal, social, and community levels.” The New York Times The City of Hamburg is not alone; this is a national problem. Massive federal programs that deliver healthcare to all people, including children, minorities, immigrants, women, and disabled people have not eradicated health disparities across the country. In fact, in 2013, states passed more than 4,500 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchange projects, according to a government report.
Cars are just one aspect of the problem. High crime rates (particularly in Hamburg ) and limited access to health care have led to an ever-growing number of homeless people in Hamburg. Many migrants seeking asylum in the German federal state of Bavaria had to go and seek asylum in another state within the Federal Republic of Germany; so far, the Bavarian government has not provided enough assistance to them. According to a 2012 study, over half of migrants living in Germany under the age of 18 have never sought medical care, compared to less than one quarter of native-born citizens.
In April 2015, it was revealed that Hamburg has a “rape crisis”, with a “rapist crisis” and a “sexual predator crisis.” In 2014, there were over 1,000 sexual crimes reported to police and prosecutors by migrants, primarily of foreigners. This has led to further concern. Some cities have implemented policies and procedures to deal with incidents, and yet, more than half of migrant sex crimes against the vulnerable are never reported to police. “ The report stated that only three percent of criminal complaints were taken into account and that many crimes are not even reported to police [The Department of] Migration has not defined when complaints to the police department can be taken into account. There is a risk involved in reporting a criminal incident … [involving] migrant sex crimes and sexual crimes against minors. The victim can be held liable to damages for failure to report when there is a risk of harm to the criminal victim. According to the report, more than 75 percent of sexual offenses against minors are not registered. The report also noted that the number of sexual offenses, primarily against women, increased to 2,360 cases in 2013, from 1,932 cases in 2011. The Sexualization of Boys and Girls “
According to the Germany-Bundesagentur, the German central government agency responsible for immigration, the crime problem in Germany reaches a level higher than in any other major country in the European Union and is worse than in its neighboring countries. Among foreign nationals, there are more sex crimes, robberies, burglaries, and auto theft than foreign crime rates in Poland and France. Of the foreign national rape cases in which the victim is German, some 35% are found to have violated German laws during the sexual act.
According to the European Union’s data, “Over a third of sexual assaults and sexual violence cases in Austria, Britain and Germany have no suspects in custody.”
The German Federal Republic of Germany is said to have the highest number of foreign people in prison. One-third of the inmates in all German prisons have German origins, compared to a national average of four percent. The majority of the foreign prisoners are from North Africa, but most of them came to Germany on tourist visas. In addition, the prison population of Germany has increased by over 2,700 in 2013 alone. One out of every five foreign adult prisoners in Germany is Muslim.
The German criminal justice system has been criticized for failing to deal with asylum seekers, a problem particularly in the Western Balkans. This is despite Germany’s legal obligation to asylum seekers. It has also been criticized for failing to deal with non-European citizens with a significant number of family ties. These include an estimated 50,000 Turkish citizens. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to continue granting Germany’s asylum-seekers the right to social welfare (under a scheme called “Sickatschutz”), so long as they don’t commit crimes. The country also continues to grant asylum to Syrians, though the number of refugees who are accepted each year in Germany, now about a third, has gone down to less than a fifth in recent years.
The refugee crisis has affected the economy, particularly economic migrants. As a result, the Hamburg tourism industry has suffered.In 2014, the German press claimed that the number of visitors to the German capital fell by 40 percent compared to 2013, suggesting a reduction in visitors during 2014 and early 2015, a claim which was quickly denied by the city government. According to the German magazine “Tiroler Rundschau,” in 2014 the number of visitors had dropped by around 25 percent and, if the claims are true, this number should rise to around 26 percent by 2015.
The New York Times reported that Hamburg’s tourism activity has been on