German town bans male asylum seekers from public pools

Published: January 15, 2016
A flyer informs about pool rules in a public swimming pool in Munich, southern Germany on Friday.

A flyer informs about pool rules in a public swimming pool in Munich, southern Germany on Friday. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN: A town in Germany has banned male asylum seekers from public swimming pools after complaints from women that they were being harassed by migrants, AFP learnt on Friday.

A spokesman for the local government of Bornheim said the ban on male asylum seekers above the age of 18 came after six people filed complaints “over the sexually offensive behaviour of some migrant men at the pool”.

The measure aimed at “making it clear to the men that the right of women in Germany is inviolable”, he added.

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Officials have gone personally to three asylum seeker shelters near the pools to deliver news of the ban and emphasise how people should behave in swimming pools, said the spokesman.

The western German town would revoke the ban once it deems that the message has been drilled into the asylum seekers, he said, adding that this would be evaluated through interviews with social workers at the shelters.

Authorities denied placing entire groups of people under suspicion, but said the measure was aimed at laying down clear ground rules.

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Public distrust of asylum seekers has grown in Germany after it emerged that hundreds of women were groped and robbed in a throng of mostly Arab and North African men during New Year’s festivities in Cologne.

An opinion poll for public television ARD found that 48% of respondents said they were afraid of refugees, while 50% said they did not feel that way.

A separate poll for public broadcaster ZDF also found that seven in 10 people fear that a record influx of asylum seekers will lead to more crime, compared to 62% in October.

Germany took in 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • Malik Saab
    Jan 15, 2016 - 9:32PM

    As a Pakistani and frequently visiting Germany, Unfortunately I have to agree with this decision. Interestingly Syrian refugees are very respectable people. But recently a new influx of North African Arabs and Afghans is worsening the situation.
    Syrians are used to the multi-cultural environment. But North Africans and Afghans are not. Even i have observed that some young lads speaking French and Farsi at train stations are populating under-ground train stations and shopping malls on a daily basis. They are creating an environment of fear among locals.
    What is worse that some of them have started visiting German Saunas and WellnessBereich zones and that too is groups. This is obviously creating sense of fear.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jan 16, 2016 - 1:13AM

    Think twice before going to Denmark. All the valuables like jewellery that you may be carrying and thought would be a good insurance will be confiscated to pay for the services that you will receive. Every Dane does that and you have to get used to that if you want to be a future Dane.Recommend

  • Jay
    Jan 16, 2016 - 4:11AM

    Its a conspiracy to defame muslims. raw and cia and mossad is doing this.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 16, 2016 - 7:11AM

    @Malik Saab:
    On similar article you were defending Muslims and migrants and blaming Germans. What changed your heart?
    “Germans are following the footsteps of Donald Trump and they are pitching Non Muslims against the Muslims. Also they are fanning the new form of Racism. “Recommend

  • dude
    Jan 16, 2016 - 8:17AM

    again muslims are innocents!!!!!!!!!
    nothing can go beyong this sentenseRecommend

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