Figures released by the Greek Minister of Public Order show a dramatic increase in crimes committed by foreign nationals in Greece, against both Greek nationals and foreigners.
Nikos Dendias, Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, has released the figures related to crimes committed by foreigners in Greece between 1998 and 2012. Defence Net reported 20,265 foreigners perpetrated crimes during 2012, compared to the 1998 figure of 6,094.
The highest proportion of crimes were committed by Albanians, of whom 64,939 criminal perpetrators were recorded between 1998 and 2012. The statistics show that after Albanians, the nations producing the most criminals operating in Greece are Iraq, Romania, Pakistani and Bulgaria.
The figures cited by Dendias were provided by ELAS, the Hellenic police department, in response to a question tabled by Golden Dawn MP Elijah Panayiotaros. Xryshaygh advocated the expulsion of all illegal immigrants from Greece in response to the rising crime figures.
Minister Dendias is responsible for the ongoing Operation Xenios Zeus which cracks down on undocumented migrants. Crimes against Greeks committed by migrants rarely get reported in the international press which prefers to focus on alleged crimes of ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn supporters, whilst ignoring the rising tide of violent crime associated with the extreme left.