In the year that I have lived in Germany, I have found caucasian Germans to be a very warm, welcoming and helpful race. And I have had the opportunity to interact with a fair share of them, including my landlady. She has witnessed 67 German winters and drives down every month in her 25 year old Mercedes from the beautiful village of Saulheim on the outskirts of Mainz for a spot of shopping and to hand over our rent receipt. Like most Germans she is pleased to see my progress in learning the German language. She is always keen to converse in German with me and assess my grasp of her mother tongue. Germans are fiercely protective of their language and culture and expect all foreigners to at least make an attempt to adopt them if they are living in Germany. After giving me her approval, she often laments about the Turks and other muslim immigrants, who in her opinion have plagued her country. Now, I have always found her to be grounded and humane. Yet her rants against immigrants are just a reflection of the disgruntlement the older generation have for the muslim community.
However, owing to the unimaginable acts of horror perpetrated by their forefathers against the Jews and other minorities, Germans have little courage to speak out against the changing demographics of their society. The current generation is trying hard to compensate for the injustice that the Third Reich meted out to minorities by taking a very lenient stance towards mass immigration. Today, when one looks around one might see more immigrants than the indigenous Germans. The high birth rate amongst the immigrants coupled with the low number of births in German households translates to an ever increasing strain on the German social system. Most immigrants live off the state and contribute very little to their host country. The state pays social benefits including free health care to immigrants. It also pays them a generous amount of money per child for their food, clothing and shelter. A immigrant household of two parents and five kids paw off enough money from the state to not only be able to lead a comfortable lifestyle but send some dole back to their relatives in their native country.
After WWII, Germany upheld the humane values of it's continent. Europe has always given shelter to the down-trodden and the persecuted. But perhaps the time has come for Germany to forgive itself and take measures to protect and maintain it's identity. While immigrants should always be welcomed, what will prove beneficial will be a point based system for immigrants based on education, background and lifestyle. As a country, it will have to balance the number of skilled and unskilled labour it brings within its to maintain its superiority in the field of engineering, scientific research and social development.
Sehr geehrter Deutschland - Viel Glück ( Dear Germany - Good Luck)