Rising security concerns for British forces in German migrant crisis deeply troubling

Published Feb 12, 2016

Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has described rising security concerns at British military bases due to the German migrant crisis as “deeply troubling” saying, “the MoD and military leadership must take the threats posed by the situation seriously and fully address the concerns of troops and their families where necessary.”

Mr Hookem spoke out after reports came to light of hoaxes at British military camps; threats to women walking dogs late at night; and assaults in Paderborn, which like many others Germany cities, has received an influx of migrants due to the on-going crisis in Europe.

“Reports that members of the British armed forces and their families in Germany are being targeted by migrants are deeply troubling and every possible measure must be taken to ensure their safety”, said Mr Hookem.

“The migrant crisis does not only pose traditional security risks to armed forces personnel, but also previously unforeseen threats to their families, especially women and girls.”

“While the Royal Military Police are keen to downplay these incidents for obvious reasons, the wave of violence and sexual assaults that have swept Germany must be deeply worrying.”

“I have grave concerns for British nationals and especially serving members of the armed forces in Germany at the moment, following a recently leaked German security and intelligence report which stated; “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”

“The current situation demands extra security at British military bases, not only to protect troops from possible extremism but also their families from the rising number of physical and sexual violence incidences in Germany.”

“The situation that has come to light in Paderborn adds to concerns I raised in December 2014, following reports that officials at NATO’s Brunssum command complex in the Netherlands had been alerted to a potential jihadist surveillance operation taking place in the area of the base and around the living quarters.”

“Merkel’s policy of opening the doors of Europe to over a million migrants is having all kinds of unforeseen consequences. These are issues that the people of Europe and the UK will be left to contend with for decades to come.”

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