Alarming lack of integration in Germany

Recent studies have delivered a negative development on the integration of Germany’s immigrants, concluding that an alarmingly high percentage of them live in a parallel world with poor prospects of a  good education and career opportunity. Especially Turkish immigrants in Germany still have a long way to go.

The study presented on Monday by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development is based on annual population statistics and finds that Turks in particular, have problems with integrating, even after decades of living in Germany.

It became obvious that foreigners who come to live in Germany tend to remain strangers, even after 50 years and three generations in some cases. There are even problems among those who hold German passports. Even they are not recognized by other Germans as “German citizens.”

This is definetely a disturbing trend for Germany. The country needs immigrants because Germans are facing a strong demographic problem. They are not having enough children and therefore population is shrinking and aging and its productivity is in danger. If the immigrants, who tend to have more children, are poorly educated and can’t find jobs, they’ll end up costing the state money rather than supporting it.

Turks as citizens and foreigners

at the same time! source:



7 thoughts on “Alarming lack of integration in Germany

  1. This is an interesting topic. But I think that this is a problem that can be solved. For example to provide the immigrants a personal immigration program. So it will be easier for them to fit in. I think that it is very important to work on this problem because of the aging.

  2. Germany traditionally has been an immigration country. Most of its immigrants are of Russian, Polish or Turkish origin. Even though a high percentage of Germany´s population comes from migration back round, the country still has problems with integration. For example there are districts in big German towns where only Turkish people live. You do not need to speak one word of German in those districts because everybody speaks (only) Turkish there, even shops and their products – everything labeled in Turkish. A society within a society. Thus a lot of Turkish people immigrating to Germany do not see the necessity of learning German. That’s the reason why a lot of them even after living more than 20 years or even in 2nd generation in Germany are not able to speak German properly. Of course a lot of them pick up German very quickly and easily, put some do not. However, without being able to speak German, real integration is not possible. In my opinion it is essential that you speak the language of the country you are living in, in order to become a part of it. The German government offers free German language courses, however, not a lot of them are taken seriously enough by the participants.

  3. Really interesting topic. This problem is also facing UK and other high developed countries, which are really interestring for forigners. If you take a closer look on bigger cities so you can see that this city has parts which consist mostly of people from the same (foreign) country. We still keep their tradicion, speak their own language have their shops and it looses forces which makes people learn and adapt new enviroment. It is really bad because then the people are not pushed to learn language more and cultural behavior of this country which is really important if they want to find some suitable job.

  4. In the Netherlands the political party VVD did a proposal when the immigrants doesn’t speak dutch they don’t get money. of the government. This is maybe to many. Because for some people it’s hard to learn another language. But for a lot of immigrants that doesn’t has a job for the reason that they not speak the language. That is not well for the tax payer and also for the immigrants, you can’t take part of a society without speaking hte language. The result is that they stick together and keep their own culture. The solution is to change the condition for the immigrants that they have to speak the native language on a basic level. You can’t expect that they totally change their culture, the immigrants must be able to be themselves.

  5. Integration is always a topic with tensions. Two different cultures coming together and have to be combine. In Germany the topic is not new. But it still miss this good concept, the question is, is there just one way. Both sides depend on each other, so it is important that both side to something for integration. The speech of the old German president Mr. Wulff, “that the Islam is a part of Germany” is a step to for more communication in for me in the right direction. The problem is as well that the regions are different. Like Bavaria has not that many problems, because there are not that many migrations, but therefor in Berlin are a lot more migrations. So they need more help and ideas. But what I found important is that Germany has to applaud the people were it works. Like players in the national team or in the economy, as a stimulus.

  6. Very interesting, also the comments of you, but I think the problem lies not with all the foreigners but with a few of them. In Holland we have the same problem, but I know a lot of foreigners who really wants integrate and wants to have a good future. But some of them think it’s all very well and they don’t want to do a lot for it. They just don’t do their best to get a good education. And this circle must be broken!
    For example, the Turkish, Maroccan or people from other non Europe countries can give readings to other foreigners why it’s so important to go to the university and work for your future. They can let them think about it and push them a little bit to work for their future.
    I think this works better than when the government tell them this. If your own background tells you what to do, you will listen to it and get more motivated i guess.


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