Foto einer Demonstration zum kurdischen Frühjahrsfest Newroz zur Illustration des Arbeitsfelds „Ausländerextremismus“

What is extremism of foreigners?

Most of the extremist groupings of foreigners have emerged from political, social or ethnic conflicts in their respective countries of origin. In the framework of these conflicts, the groupings endeavour to bring about a change there in line with their own objectives. In this context, they partly do not refrain from committing even the most serious crimes.

The main objective of the branches of extremist organisations of foreigners in Germany consists in supporting their parent organisations in their countries of origin – not only propagandistically but also logistically and financially. The activities of these organisations in Germany gaining much publicity are primarily influenced by current political events and developments in their respective countries of origin. The groups principally consider Germany a safe haven, which they try not to jeopardise, thus they endeavour to usually show a peaceful behaviour. In individual cases, however, violent actions may occur, mostly triggered by events or developments having a particular emotionalising effect on adherents of the organisation.

Ideologically, the spectrum of non-Islamist extremism of foreigners is marked by left-wing extremist, nationalist and separatist tendencies.


  • Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

    Logo der PKK

    In Germany, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been subject to a ban imposed on its activities since 1993. It has about 13,000 adherents. The organisation aims at gaining more political and cultural autonomy for the Kurdish people in their countries of origin, particularly in Turkey. There and... Further information

  • Turkish left-wing extremist organisations

    Logo „Revolutionäre Volksbefreiungspartei-Front“ (DHKP-C)

    Turkish left-wing extremist organisations mainly direct their agitation against the existing social order in Turkey, where these groupings also carry out terrorist activities. In order to address the widest possible public, they endeavour to appear as representatives of immigrants' and workers' interests in Germany... Further information

  • Nationalist Turks

    Eine Hand zeigt den „Wolfsgruß“ der Grauen Wölfe

    Nationalist or nationalist-oriented Turkish organisations consider the "nation" the highest value on a politically territorial as well as on an ethnically cultural level. Their ideology is based on an exaggerated sense of nationalism. They assess the value of individuals depending on the nation or... Further information

  • Asian separatists

    Logo der „Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam“ (LTTE)

    Asian separatist organisations such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from Sri Lanka with a total of c. 1,000 adherents, and extremist groupings from the Sikh religious community (mainly from the Indian state of Punjab) with a total of c. 800 adherents, primarily carry out propaganda... Further information

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Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: March 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2017
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Our topics – Facts to know

Our topics – Facts to know

DOI: January 2017
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Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

DOI: January 2017
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Social media – Risks posed by social networks

Social media – Risks posed by social networks

DOI: March 2016
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