Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Germany Looses German Face

Germany celebrated the Day of the German Unity. A local statistics agency prepared a peculiar "gift" for this date. It published the data showing that almost one fifth of the country's population is immigrants.
According to the statistics, out of 81.7 million residents, immigrants make up 15.7 million, or 19.3 percent. Slightly more than half of them (8.6 million) hold German passports. The highest percentage of residents who moved to Germany from other countries are from Turkey (14.1 percent), Poland (10.5 percent) and Russia (9.2 percent). The Volga Germans are predominant among them, but there are also Jews, Russians and representatives of the peoples of the Caucasus.
However, the number of 19.3 percent can be viewed as somewhat exaggerated. The German statistics considers non-indigenous populations not only those who came to the country after 1950, but also their descendants. As a result nearly one in three immigrants is not an immigrant, but a native of Germany (6.3 percent of those counted.) However, the number of 12.9 percent of natives of other states is very impressive. Apparently, this number will be growing further. The average age of immigrants is 11 years younger than that of the indigenous Germans, and in each of the next generations their share will be even higher than the current average. Yet, immigrant issues are not limited to the numbers only. Apparently they adversely affect socio-economic indicators.

The ratio of those who have not completed secondary education among immigrants is 15 percent, while among the native Germans it is only two percent. 45 percent of the immigrants do not have any special professional training (there are fewer than 20 percent of those among the Germans). The unemployment rate among the immigrants is 11.5 percent while among the locals this number is 5.8 percent. The risk of falling into poverty among immigrants is 26.2 percent, and among the Germans - 11.7.
Immigrants from Muslim countries cause the biggest concern for the Germans. Recently the detention near Bonn of four young men suspected of connections to Islamist organizations was reported. As a result these detainees were released, but in other cases evidence of a link with the terrorists was found rather quickly. It was established that many participants in the September 11 attacks of 2001 were parishioners of a mosque in Hamburg, whose activities were curtailed.

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