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Nafris is the pluralization of NAFRI, a German police abbreviation which stands for "NordAFRikanischer Intensivtäter" meaning "North African Intensive Offenders".[1]

Police in Cologne were accused of racial profiling, and of degrading North Africans by referring to them as “Nafris”, as they tried to avoid a repeat of the mass sexual assaults in the city.[2] [3] [4] [5]

Mr. Jürgen Mathies (head of police in Cologne), apologised publicly for a police tweet which referred to checks on "Nafris",[6] but the term was already in use by German media before the tweet.[7][8]


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  2. ^ Cologne police 'right to target North Africans' at new year, Retrieved January 3, 2017
  3. ^ Cologne Police Get Support for New Year's Focus on 'Nafris', ABC News, Retrieved January 3, 2017
  4. ^ Cologne Police Get Support for New Year's Focus on 'Nafris', The New York Times Retrieved January 3, 2017
  5. ^ Young, uprooted and unpredictable: Germany's 'Nafri scene', The Local Retrieved January 6, 2017
  6. ^ German police accused of racism for calling migrants Nafris, The Times, Retrieved January 3, 2017
  7. ^ "Silvesternacht in Köln – ein sicherheitspolitischer Tiefpunkt". (in German). 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  8. ^ Anant Agarwala: Kölns schwerer Kampf gegen die „Nafri“-Kriminellen. , January 15, 2016, Retrieved: January 3, 2017.