Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab (Germany abolishes itself) is the name of a gloomy state-of-the- homeland analysis by former banker and politician Thilo Sarrazin. His main argument was that mass immigration has brought few or no benefits to Germany, and will probably lead to the extinction of the German identity. Nowadays, this is widely seen as likely, but eight years ago, when the book was first published, it was shocking. Remember, the million-man invasion of 2015 had not happened then. But the book was at the same time a critique of the German welfare state, which is every bit as wasteful and destructive as ours, and of the loss of traditional values.
Everything Sarrazin says is objectively stated and scrupulously researched—he was after all a high-level bureaucrat, and was paid to get stuff right. I’m not surprised the book has never been translated into English. It’s too hard-hitting and meaningful for most UK publishers to want to spread his message. But it is one of the most important books published in Europe over the past decade.
I don’t want to analyse Sarrazin. I just want to give English-speakers a little exposure to his ideas and observations. So this series of articles is basically a string of representative quotes from the book, sellotaped together by theme. Any use of the quotes—all text in italics is Sarrazin—is at the reader’s risk. Consult the original if in doubt: Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2015 edition.
The previous two parts dealt with Sarrazin’s view of the overall immigration picture in Germany and then of the Muslim influx. Here, he makes observations on the issues associated with Turks and “Deuraber,” German-Arabs, in particular. Much of his information concerns Neukölln, the main Turkish area of Berlin. Sarrazin was a senator of finance for Berlin, so has good personal knowledge of the place. He also uses well-placed second sources, such as Kirsten Heisig, a justice in Berlin-Neukölln who committed suicide after being attacked for her hard line on immigrant juvenile crime:
(In Neukölln, Heisig writes) “a lot of things come together: on the one hand you have high unemployment, poor school attendance and general deprivation. After that, cultural factors: the mania for masculinity is particularly distinctive to Turks and Arabs. Honour and respect are so emotionally developed that things quickly become violent. Beating is still a current practice in child-rearing. If the father does not get respect because of his unemployment, then he will resort to blows … closed societies develop with their own rules. Here I see a very great danger. Page 298
Heisig also sees among the Turkish and Arab migrants in the parallel societies of Neukölln a distinct hostility to Germans: “A 12-year-old calls a schoolgirl a slut because she had no headscarf. Another defendant told police official, ‘you are dirt under my shoes, I shit on Germany.’ Young people said, regarding German women: ‘the Germans can be gassed.’ If Germans behaved like this to foreigners, we would call this racism.”
Neukölln is described as the largest Turkish city in Germany. There are a lot of Neuköllns in Germany. The town of Ahlen in Westphalia has some 56,000 inhabitants, but south of the railway line there is a compact Muslim town of 15,000 inhabitants. There are hundreds of settlements and quarters of cities in Germany in which Turkish and Arabic migrants are a majority or large minority. In all of these settlements, similar problems arise. They grow much faster than the towns in which they live (these often actually shrink), and they are growing faster than the German population. If a German goes through these areas, he feels like a stranger in his own country.
Anybody who grew up in Germany will notice that a Turk in Germany is a “Deutschländer” and not a real Turk. The bad thing is that many “Deutschländer” are neither proper Turks nor proper Germans. (Quote from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
Astrid-Sabine Busse, a leader in a full-day primary school [Ganztagsgrundschule] in Neukölln with 654 pupils, of which 80% are migrant and 80% are from socially deprived families, complains about the enormous influx of Arabs: “They just stick together, they don’t need to integrate here anymore, they take a quarter in possession and let themselves be pampered. I see in the food subsidy chits just how much money there is in reality in these families; .. when they have many children they get €3,000-3,500 (a month). They wanted to do a broadcast about child poverty among migrants. ‘You’re looking in the wrong place,’ I said, ‘but I can offer you working poor—my kitchen woman who gets 7 euro an hour gross … and these other people who don’t work at all and get more. Do you know how much benefit money is handed out every month just to parents of children at my school? €400,000.’”
Uta Pasche quotes a teacher on Turkish girls: “The girls only want to bridge over a couple of years for before marriage and do not give choice of career any thought. They prefer to work without training in a clothes shop.” On visits to Turkey the girls have to experience that girls of their own age hold a low opinion of their AWO [Arbeiterwohlfart, Workers’ Welfare Association] employment training. A boy in the ninth grade noticed that students in Turkey are more efficient and keen to learn. He came back to Germany with the realisation: ‘In Turkey you cannot live unless you work. Here you get enough to eat anyway.’” Page 325
Within Berlin, around 20% of all acts of violence are committed by 1,000 young Turkish and Arab youths. … Every transgression which is not punished is viewed as weakness by Muslim migrants; they simply laugh at probationary punishments. Because they have no life targets and live from Hartz IV [benefit programme] and black work, their police records (“good conduct certificates’) are a matter of complete indifference. A spell in jail is not considered a dishonour. You can see how the clan holds together as it supports of the jailed person.
Sarrazin details a few of the abuses:
In pharmacies in Neukölln, there is a striking medical “leakage;” very expensive medicines are often dispensed in large amounts; they go to the home villages of the migrants. Page 303
The migrants also abuse the system significantly through “minijobs.” Many work more than the permitted 10 hours under the transfer (benefit) system. Nobody can check whether or not the hours are actually being observed.
Sarrazin suggests that integration of these groups can simply never happen. He quotes Heinz Buschkowsky, an SPD politician and former Mayor of Neukölln (the boldface is mine):
“In the migrant underclass, the adults speak German badly or not at all. Sometimes, the children are forbidden from using German precisely because the parents do not understand it … basically… we have… only one chance, we have raise children from these backgrounds against the will of the parents.”
Necla Kelek, a Turkish-born German social scientist, adds: “I also have doubts whether the majority of the Turks living in Germany really want integration. Their main behaviour suggests the opposite. Most do not read any German newspapers never mind books. Most of them watch only Turkish television and shop at Turkish stores have no private contact with Germans. The country in which they live is and remains foreign to them.” Page 306
One of them (a Turkish female) speaks for all: “We can live here without having anything to do with the others. … We have all we need, we do not need the Germans.”
33% of Muslim women in German wear the headscarf. … Among 18 to 29-year-olds, the percentage of wearers is 34% and among 30 to 39-year-olds, it is 37% and with the over 60s only 27%. Exactly as in Turkey, where recently 61% of women wore it, use of the headscarf is increasing. Page 314
Only 3% of young men and 8% of young women of Turkish migration background marry Germans, whereas for the Russian-Germans, the figure is 67%.
If the fertility rate of the indigenous German population remains where it has been for the last 40 years, over the next three generations, the total of Germans will fall to 20 million. Furthermore, it is completely realistic that the Muslim population through a combination of high birth-rates and continued immigration could grow to 35 million by 2100. Many Turks think in such terms.
Joe Slater 2018