Half The Refugees Who Entered Germany In The Last Year Are Mentally Ill

Half The Refugees Who Entered Germany In The Last Year Are Mentally Ill
Refugees waiting on a street to enter the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) for their registration process in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Experts believe that almost half of the refugees who entered Germany in the last year are mentally ill.

New figures out of Hamburg show a major increase in mental illness and suicide attempts.

Over the past ten weeks there were at least 13 suicide attempts in Hamburg alone.

This is a significant increase compared to the 11 suicide attempts reported in the last six months.

The results are from a Senate response to an inquiry of the Left MPs Christiane Schneider.

Experts say about 40 to 50 percent of the refugees are suffering from various mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to the studies one in five refugee children are also suffering from some kind of mental illness.