German economist and writer Thilo Sarrazin has warned of the consequences of mass immigration to Germany, pointing to the native low birth rate compared to migrants who, on average, have a much higher fertility rate.
Looking at the facts, he said, if this continues Germans will be a minority in their own country within a few decades.
The former finance minister and executive board member of the Bundesbank warned also that despite catastrophic predictions by bodies in favour of mass immigration that the country’s “ageing population” is a time bomb for Germany, migrants have “economically harmed” the country.
Germany’s experience with Turks and Arabs in the labour market, after five decades, Sarrazin points out, have low participation in education and are overrepresented when it comes to unemployment and relying on state welfare, meaning that as a group they cost the country more than they pay in.
Sarrazin was lukewarm towards the statement “Islam does not belong to Germany”, a declaration adopted by Alternative for Germany (AfD) as official party doctrine last weekend, instead stating that “no religion belongs to Germany”. Regardless, he warned that he saw a “big problem” in the growth of Islamism over Europe.
Sarrazin’s landmark book Germany is Abolishing Itself, first published in 2010 shot to the top of the book charts and became the highest-sold politics book by a German author in a decade, selling more than 1.1 million copies and the first editions becoming sold out within days.
The book advocates a restrictive immigration policy and the reduction of state welfare benefits.
Regarding Islam, Sarrazin has said “No other religion in Europe makes so many demands. No immigrant group other than Muslims is so strongly connected with claims on the welfare state and crime. No group emphasizes their differences so strongly in public, especially through women’s clothing.
“In no other religion is the transition to violence, dictatorship and terrorism so fluid”.