| The Ethnic Turks of Germany, Or “We Didn’t Expect That”
| Monday, June 20, 2016
|The Turks were the first large group of Muslims to move into Western
Europe, beginning in the early 1960s, when Turkish men were brought to
Germany as Gastarbeiter (“Guest Workers”) at the time of
Germany’s boom or “economic miracle.”
Later, the Germans decided that
because of social problems with those guest workers (single males
behaving badly), they should be allowed to bring with them their wives
and children, in the expectation that this would calm the Turkish males
down. But now those Gastarbeiter who had originally been
expected to work for some years and then return to Turkey, instead were
allowed, accompanied by their families, to become permanent residents,
or even, in many cases, citizens.
There are now more than three million
ethnic Turks in Germany, and another two million Muslims of non-Turkish
origin. The results of two recent studies of Turks in Germany (the first, by the University of Münster,
is “Integration and Religion From the Viewpoint of the Turkish Germans
in Germany”; the second is “German-Turkish Life and Values,” and was
jointly produced by the Berlin-based INFO polling institute and the Liljeberg research firm)
are cause for alarm, and will certainly surprise many; they certainly
came as a surprise to those conducting the two polls (“we didn’t expect
that,” said Detlef Pollack, spokesman for the “Religion and Politics”
group at Münster).
What they discovered is that almost half (47 per cent) of the ethnic
Turks polled said that following their “religious dogmas” – that is, the
dictates of Islam – was “more important” to them than “obeying the laws
of the land in which I live,” especially if they believed the German
laws were in any way incompatible with Islam. Still more disturbing,
one-third of the Muslims queried said that they yearned to “live in the society” of the times of the Prophet Muhammad – in other words, to erase the last 1400 years of cultural and intellectual progress in the West.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:19 AM