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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 29, 2010 at 12:42

David,

Geert Wilders is one of the politicians who recently asked the government what the immigration really costs. He got no substantial answer. Asking questions like that is regarded as semi-racist. The first wave of immigration was actually jnitiated by industry for simple lack of work of force and it helped rebuilding german industrial production. At the time these people were referred to as "guestworkers" who everybody expected to return home after some time. That did not really happen. As for the muslim part of them we are facing the family reunification mechanism. Arranged marriages and all that would provide for a number of people to follow the individual immigrant. The Netherlands did make this harder but people can come in through any EU country and then relocate. As for the welfare this is a controversial matter. Naturally as a foreigner, and someone looking as a foreigner, job oppurtinities reduce out-of-proportion with every econmical crisis. Welfare of course is granted regardless of personal origin. There are society questions involved here.

The muslim ingredient of course is the number of children. Today in Europe with the average salary level it is no longer possible to support a 4-head-family with one individual working. Muslims do not feel limited by that calculation. It appears by going for many children certain people seek welfare given the environment as it is. What is the consequence, demand less children from muslim families or a higher level of salary ? Again there is a culture problem here. without the islamic brides flown in would there be a muslim birth rate that high ?

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