Written Question: Eliminating the term ‘clan criminality’

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 11 February 2021

Question for written answer E-000868/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Christine Anderson (ID)

Subject: Eliminating the term ‘clan criminality’

Under the banner ‘Protecting Berlin’s migrant industry’, the Berlin SPD is calling for the term ‘clan criminality’ to be completely eliminated as a racial profiling concept.(1)

The Federal Criminal Police Office uses the term ‘clan criminality’ when criminals from an ethnically-closed subculture operate. Clan criminality is steadily on the rise.

Since it in large part also has an international dimension, the Commission also has a certain responsibility.

  1. In the light of its ‘Action plan against disinformation’, what is the Commission’s assessment of the Berlin SPD plan simply to remove terms rather than tackle the problem of clan criminality?
  2. How can the Commission better support the Member States in the fight against clan criminality?
  3. The phenomenon of clan criminality first emerged in the 1980s. The civil war in Lebanon resulted in stateless Arab and Palestinian families in particular emigrating to Germany. The wave of migration since 2015 might well lead to a considerable increase. What action is the Commission promoting to stop this happening?


(1) https://parteitag.spd.berlin/cvtx_antrag/schutz-des-migrantischen-berliner-gewerbes-gegen-die-nutzung-des-begriffes-der-clan-kriminalitaet/

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