Nov 2 2011
Reminiscent of the old commercial for an insecticide called ‘Roach Motel,’ Turkish Muslims recruited for manpower in Germany between 1961 and 1973 were supposed to come to work for two years, and then return home. Most never did. They’ve stayed in Germany and have been making life miserable for the native German population ever since.
SPIEGEL Muslim immigrants are a drag on German prosperity, says a book by Thilo Sarrazin, a board member of the German central bank that raised eyebrows in Europe.
Thilo Sarrazin has never been one to mince words. The German central bank board member and former senior city official in Berlin has long been a strident critic of German immigration policies, even going so far as to say that Muslim immigrants sponge off the state, are incapable of integrating themselves into German society and “constantly produce little girls in headscarves.”
Sarrazin said, most Arabs and Turks in (Berlin) … have no productive function other than in the fruit and vegetable trade.” In Sarrazin’s best selling book, he writes that Germany’s Muslim immigrant families have profited from social welfare payments to a far greater degree than they have contributed to German prosperity. He also has raised the spectre of the country’s Muslim population, due to what he claims are much higher birth rates among immigrants, soon overtaking that of the country’s “autochthonous” population — a term roughly synonymous with “indigenous.”
Sarrazin also wrote, in reference to the relative lack of success that immigrants have had in German schools and the country’s low birth rates, “we are simply accepting that Germany is becoming smaller and dumber.” Two months ago, Sarrazin created similar headlines by saying “we are becoming … on average dumber” and linked that claim with immigration “from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.”
“If the fertility rate of German natives remains at the level it has been at for the past 40 years, then in the course of the next three or four generations, the number of the Germans will sink to 20 million,” he writes in the book. “And, incidentally, it is absolutely realistic that the Muslim population, through a combination of a higher birth rate and continuation of immigration, could grow by 2100 to 35 million.” In another passage, he writes: “I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or that Turkish or Arabic will be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Middle East”
In another passage, Sarrazin suggests that Muslim immigrants would rather work under the table than legally. Through the language used in his polemics, Sarrazin appears to be aiming to push the highly divisive debate over immigration and integration closer to that of right-wing populists elsewhere in Europe, like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.