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‘Multikulti’ just ain’t cutting it no more

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According to comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Potsdam, Attempts at building a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”.

She said the so-called “multikulti” concept – where people would “live side-by-side”  did not work and immigrants needed to do more to integrate by learning German.

She stressed though that immigrants are welcome in Germany.

Germany is Europe’s most populated country with 81 million inhabitants and the fourth largest economy by nominal GDP in the world. It is also third in the world for migrant workers with over 10 million, a large segment of which are of Turkish decent.

These comments come at a time when immigration has become a hot-button political issue within Germany and the rest of Europe.

The debate first heated up in August when Thilo Sarrazin, a senior official at Germany’s central bank, said that “no immigrant group other than Muslims is so strongly connected with claims on the welfare state and crime”.

It is sad Muslims and immigrants are getting the brunt of the anger from the middle class when the primary cause of the great recession of 2008 was irresponsible trading by banks and other financial firms.

People should have the right to express themselves and retain their cultural identity where ever they go, but for the sake of comfortably should learn the language of the country they are living in. Otherwise, you become ostracized within your own environment,  limiting integration and cultural exchange.

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Written by lollingvagabond

October 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm

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  1. I agree that integration begins in language…as long as there’s an inexpensive and efficient way to accomplish that.


    October 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

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