The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has courted growing anti-immigrant opinion in Germany by claiming the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel said the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living happily "side by side" did not work.
She said the onus was on immigrants to do more to integrate into German society.
"This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin, yesterday."It's not for a lack of trying, either. Germany has been pursuing this concept of "multikulti," for years. It began in the 1960s with a wave of unskilled, poorly educated Turkish immigrants who worked as Gastarbeiter, or "guest workers," during West Germany's post-World War II boom. The push for an "open borders" society continued into the 1970's and 1980's, as the German progressive movement picked up steam.
However, this utopian society has proven to be anything but. Fifty years of a "y'all come" attitude on immigration has resulted in several generations of Turkish immigrants with no job skills who refuse to integrate into German society. By 2035, the German workforce could shrink by as much as 17%. Fewer skilled workers equals less production, and less economic growth.
Not only are these immigrants lacking in job skills, but by and large, many refuse to socially integrate into society as well. Thomas Meyer, a political scientist and member of Germany's Social Democratic Party, references a "parallel society" in which these immigrants live. Meyer uses the Netherlands as a reference point, which has already felt the effects of the Multikulti concept.
...developments in the Netherlands where, to some extent, the cultural 'pillarization' of immigrant groups received the support of political institutions, should be a warning for Germany...the maintenance of cultural differences is one reason for the unsatisfactory social, economic, and political integration, as the thus consolidated 'parallel society' block the creation of interlocking opportunity structures conducive to the formation of social capital and trust.The incessant coddling behaviors of progressive liberals has allowed immigrants to flood into these European countries, with absolutely zero expectations of achievement, and 100% assurance of social/welfare services. With such an inviting climate, combined with statements from Turkey's own Prime Minister equating assimilation into society with crimes against humanity, what incentives do immigrants have to step outside of their comfort zone upon reaching their final destination?
While Europe is finally getting the memo, the United States is apparently looking the other way. With the DREAM act getting scarily close to making cloture, ICE's ridiculous "Catch and Release" policies, and even rumors of amnesty-via-executive-order, Europe's reality could very well become our own. Thankfully, though, the American People aren't looking the other way, as will quickly become evident on November 2nd.