Discrimination Of Immigrants In Germany

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Germany is openly welcoming immigrants from all over Europe, particularly Syria, Turkey, Italy, and Greece. Members of various religions, such as Islam, are also being welcomed into the country. Although Germany, as a state, is allowing immigrants, the citizens are not accepting immigrants into society. German people do not believe these refugees belong in their beloved country. This sense of nationalism has lead to riots, violence, and public humiliation throughout the country. The heavy influx of immigrants is also starting to drastically change the racial makeup of the country, which is currently 95% German (CIA). Discrimination of immigrants in Germany stems from a previously homogeneous society, which has led to tension between the state …show more content…
The population of Germany is 95.1% German, 2.4% Turkish, and the remaining 6.1 % is made up of Russian, Greek, Syrian, and Italian immigrants (CIA). Along with the high percentage of Germans in the population, the country has one official language, German, that all citizens and prospective citizens must know. The German language is a big factor as to why immigrants are discriminated against in the country or not let in at all. Germany requires each prospective citizen to take, and pass, a language test that demands time and money. The German government ensures that the test only requires basic knowledge of the language such as conversational skills and some reading and writing skills. However, experts say Germany 's test is the toughest compared to counties like Austria, France, Spain, and Netherlands (Grieshaber). The language test is a key factor to why Germany is still as homogeneous as it is, however, the main source of Germany’s homogeneous population comes from the 1930’s and 1940’s. In the mid 20th century, the Nazi party worked to make Germany a purebred country, and their efforts are the primary reason for Germanys homogeneous society. "The Program of the German Workers Party" was published by Adolf Hitler and the upcoming Nazi party that provided a list of suggestions for the country. These suggestions include, "Only members of the nation may be members of the State. Only those of German blood, whatever their creed, may be members of the nation. Accordingly, no Jew may be a member of the nation," and, "All non-German immigration must be prevented" (Avalon). These suggestions later became laws when the Nazi party took over Germany, leading to a fully German nation. Because of harsh language laws and Germany’s Nazi history, foreigners in Germany, most recently immigrants from the middle east, face

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