Sarrazin=Double Negative?

With his book “Germany Does Away With Itself” , Thilo Sarrazin ruffled more than a few feathers this year.

He argues that, Germany would be better off with stricter immigration policies (except for the highly trained) and reduced state welfare benefits. He states, that Turkish and Arab are less willing or in some extreme cases UNwilling to integrate themselves.

“Integration requires effort from those that are to be integrated. I will not show respect for anyone that is not making that effort. I do not have to acknowledge anyone who lives by welfare, denies the legitimacy of the very state that provides that welfare, refuses to care for the education of his children and constantly produces new little headscarf-girls.”(Sarrazin)

With personal feelings about the message and stance of Mr. Sarrazin put aside, new issues come to light. This article, taken from The Economist, brings forth a wrinkle that I had not taken into account.

While Mr. Sarrazin is arguing for stricter immigration laws and specifically only “highly trained” immigrants, The Economist says that this is precisely what Germany can’t afford.

In the above linked article, the author states that Germany is in dire need of work-force replacements.

“The workforce is shrinking and growth is raising demand for skilled labour. Skills shortages cost the economy €15 billion ($21 billion) last year, says Rainer Brüderle, the liberal economy minister.”

Mr. Bruederle is in favor of a point system integration or immigration similar to Canada. Others in the government seem skeptical.

“Even Germans who disagree with Mr Sarrazin praise him for drawing attention to a problem. Actually he may be making the situation worse.” (The Economist)

It is amazing that in a country with a greater number of  foreign born residents than the rest of Europe, in its attempt to gain political traction, is isolating those that may indeed be their saving grace.

It may take longer than expected and perhaps the predicted timeframe was never correct, but in my estimation one day the generations will be so far developed from the original model that it will become more and more difficult to differentiate the cultures. Then we’ll have a new issue: Immigrants being TOO German.

Who knows really. We’re all just guessing, until it happens.

11 Responses to “Sarrazin=Double Negative?”
  1. thob84 says:

    Thank you for the interesting article. I would be interested in the system of Canada you mentioned. Do you have any source of their policy on immigration?

    I think this is clearly an issue which fits in our blog because it tackles the question of equal opportunities in Germany. I think it is also another interesting group of people who need to be looked at: Female Immigrants.

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