"To mark No Go Areas, that is to say law-free areas with high danger potential, is nothing unusual," Rüdiger Franz of Bonn, Germany's General Anzeiger (GA) newspaper wrote, as travel guide entries for cities such as Detroit, Istanbul, Johannesburg, or Mogadishu show. Considerable controversy, however, ensued after a language school posted an Internet No Go Area map of Bonn and environs, drawing ongoing, often unwelcome attention to the problems Germany's once serene former capital faces from newly arrived Muslim immigrants.
The No Go map at the website of the Steinke Institut (SI) language school's Bonn branch first drew significant public interest at the conservative German website Politically Incorrect (PI) with a July 18, 2013, entry. Attention only grew in the following weeks with an "unexpectedly large echo" of about 50 Bonn residents contacting SI with approval, queries, and criticism, as an SI Internet statement at the beginning of September noted.
SI explained therein the school's emphasis on teaching German as a foreign language to students "from the entire world." The No Go map resulted "exclusively" from some 250 such students reporting in the last six years "extremely negative experiences" in various Bonn neighborhoods, with over 80% of the reports agreeing upon the map's red-marked problem zones. SI elaborated that these "negative experiences" entailed harassment of women, theft, robbery, break-ins, assaults, and insults.