Iraqi refugee in Germany turns in lost 14,000 euros

Iraqi refugee in Germany turns in lost purse containing 14,000 euros
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20 September, 2017
An Iraqi teenager in Berlin is in line for a reward after handing into police a lost bag containing some 14,000 euros, German police said.
A Iraqi teenager found the handbag on a Berlin subway [File photo: Getty]
German police say a 16-year-old refugee from Iraq is in line for a reward after she turned in a lost handbag with 14,000 euros (nearly $17,000) in it.

The dpa news agency reports that girl, who lives in a refugee home in Berlin, found the handbag on a city subway and gave it to her mother, who gave it to police.

Police said on Tuesday that a 78-year-old woman had accidentally left the bag behind on the train.

German law requires a reward representing 3 percent of the value for expensive items found and returned. Items found on public transit system are eligible for a smaller reward of 1.5 percent.

Germany has since 2015 taken in more than one million migrants and refugees, most from predominantly Muslim countries.

This has stoked a xenophobic backlash and boosted the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party, which has attempted to link the influx to a heightened threat of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Germany recorded over 3,500 attacks against refugees and asylum shelters last year, according to a February interior ministry report.