Friday, 3 September 2010
Thilo Sarrazin and Germany's Unloved Turks
Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has provoked an extraordinary furore in Germany with his still-not-yet-published book "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany is unmaking itself). In particular, Sarrazin has drawn attention to the corrosive effect Muslim immigrants (and in Germany that means mostly Turkish immigrants) are having on Germany. One of his key claims is that Turkish immigrants "are making Germany dumber".
Naturally, Sarrazin has been denounced by the bien-pensant media-political elite for daring to say this, and there are now processes underway to remove him from his position at the Bundesbank and from the SPD political party, of which he is a member.
But there is solid scientific evidence reported in respectable mainstream publications to substantiate Sarrazin's point of view. For example, this article (in German) in the widely-respected German newspaper Die Welt reports the results of scientific research which concluded that, on average, Turkish immigrants to Germany had IQ scores 10-15 points below the German average.
The researchers attributed the poor educational performance of Berlin's schoolchildren as a whole to the increasingly high number of Turks living in the area, who were dragging down the achievement averages. They noted that, by contrast, the educational performance of children from a non-immigrant background was higher than ever.
Germany has experienced Turkish immigration on a larger scale than any other European country. Its experience offers us a foretaste of what is to come for the rest of Europe if Turkey gets into the EU.