Samir’s Selection 12/15/2015 (a.m.)

  • Newcomers, Merkel stressed, should assimilate to German values and culture, and respect the country’s laws.

    Merkel’s comments may also reflect a particular understanding of assimilation. Many Germans expect immigrants to quickly learn the German language and to contribute to their communities and work life.

    Multiculturalism usually has a positive connotation, but to Merkel it symbolizes the emergence of isolated societies within Germany — and ultimately a failure of assimilating immigrants. Her policy toward the issue is supposed to avoid the creation of suburbs such as the areas around Paris, for instance, where young immigrants are isolated from the rest of society.

    tags: AngelaMerkel multiculturalism culture assimilation Germany

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