A New Era of Cultural Diversity In Germany. Or is it?
by europe.newsactivist on November 22, 2017 - 8:49pm
A new era of cultural diversity in Germany.
Or is it?
Throughout the past two and half years, more and more news have spread globally about Syria’s civil war and its political issues. The news were often in the headlines and this war lead to another huge event which also took to the center stage in the media world, this large world event was none other than the European refugee crisis which started in early 2015. AlJazeera journalist Stephanie Ott takes a look at Germany, accepting more immigrants than any other country in the European Union and she question what happens next by closely taking a look at this crisis.
Ott mentions that many people from many Middle Eastern countries (e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.) have left their countries in hopes of a better future, many of whom wanted to go to Germany knowing that they were accepting thousands and thousands of immigrants under the leadership of Angela Merkel (Ott, 2015). This refuge crisis has become the largest since World War II and Germany was expecting a record of 800,000 asylum seekers by the end of 2015, whereas some other EU countries like Hungary and Bulgaria refused to accept asylum seekers, instead they went on building fences to keep them out (Ott, 2015). Despite all this help that Germany is giving, Ott mentions that some people are questioning how well all those thousands of immigrants are going to assimilate and adapt in German society. According to Otto’s article, Germany appears confident that it will turn out well for Germany: “the German government seems confident that a more diverse demography will bring new vitality into the ageing society” (Ott, 2015). The government has made many changes so that the immigrants assimilate well through language classes and plans to create job opportunities. Despite these preparation, some politician worry that Germany will not be able to keep this up due to high costs and shortage of housing, worries regarding security issues and rise in xenophobia has also been brought up (Ott, 2015). As a matter of fact, it is mentioned that Neo-Nazis and right-wing groups have protested against the acceptance of thousands of immigrants, calling it the “Islamization of the West” (Ott, 2015).
The journalist does a great job pointing out the goods and the all the concerns regarding this crisis, and in my opinion there is more good done here which makes all the concerns seem less significant. The reason for that is that in my ideology, when a crisis like this occurs, help and the responsibility to help each other as humans should always come first, and political concerns, assimilation concerns and anything else should come second. This crisis, the lives saved, are more important than any current issues, one thing at a time, and this can be handled well. If issues arise then that can be fixed then. In contrast, this crisis needed to fixed now, there was no time to waste. In the end, Germany isn’t really becoming all that much more diverse because, first they were already pretty diverse and second, the immigrants are from a small number of countries only. Still Germany demographics will have changed a lot within the next several years as the war on Syria isn’t entirely over and there are still more asylum seekers seeking a new life.
Ott, Stephanie. “Germany: 800,000 refugees - and then what?” Germany | Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera, 9 Sept. 2015, www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/09/germany-800000-refugees-15090....