Cologne and Paris made it clear that many of the alleged Syrian asylum seekers are in reality coming from safe countries of origin in North Africa and have come only for criminal or Islamic reasons to Germany.
The mass robbing and sexual harassment in Cologne on New Year's eve, where apparently North Africans played a major role, and the failed attack in Paris by a North African asylum seeker from Germany on the anniversary of Charlie-Hebdo massacre have made it clear that Germany attracts more and more Arabs from the Maghreb countries in North Africa as asylum seekers. The reason for this is not the political situation in their home countries. The three Maghreb countries Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are regarded as the most stable in the Arab world. Tunisia is also the only democratic country in the Arab world. The reason or the reasons for that mass immigration from the Islamic world to Germany are rather the welcome call of German Chancellor Angela Merkel last summer and the lack of enforcement of the EU's external border in Greece. This has become known in the Maghreb countries.
Inhabitants of the Maghreb countries need no visa to go to Turkey, so even specially low-cost airlines have emerged in the Maghreb in recent months which transport asylum candidates - including quite a few violent Islamists - for little money to Turkey. From there it they cross the Mediterranean to Greece and then through the Balkan route to Germany. While there is a much shorter way through the two Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, these are far better protected with meter high protective walls.
The North Africans have the advantage that they speak Arabic and therefore can pretend to be Syrians. The overloading of ministries and authorities responsible for the asylum procedure as well as the still prevailing lack of agreements mean that it can take years to notice that asylum seekers registered as Syrians are actually Moroccan or Tunisian. This was for example the case with the Charlie Hebdo attacker, who came from Morocco, reported in Germany for three years as an asylum seeker who used up to seven different names. He probably had accordingly access to many benefits, which allowed him to obtain a large arsenal of weapons.
This is not a new phenomenon. Previously, many North Africans who came in previous immigration waves to France, crossed in the 90s to Germany to apply for asylum and receive benefits for years, until their application was either approved or rejected, after the latter they returned to France.