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Some aspects of immigration and migrants especially in German context
After completing my engineering studies in India in the 50's, I started my career in Germany.

After World War II, Germany was short of manpower and was recruiting people from abroad. For seasonal work in the fields, droves of workers would come from Italy, Spain and Portugal. Season over, they would go back home. Thus creating no religious or social issues with the locals.

Under the dynamic leadership of Ludwig Erhard, Germany rebuilt itself fast and performed the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or the economic miracle, which was the envy of the world. The victors like UK and France were still in shambles and looked shabby, while Germany glistened and prospered.

Over a period of time, thanks to their new found prosperity, the Germans became averse to menial and low skill jobs. It started with street cleaners, housekeepers in hotels & hospitals, sales-counters and simple clerical jobs.

Today, if one checks into a hotel in Germany, the chances are that you are likely to meet a Polish lady at the reception desk. For housekeeping and room service you may be served by a Turk or a Bangladeshi. Often, I have stayed for days at a hotel, without meeting any German employee. The most likely German you may meet at the hotel could be the chef!

The above class of immigrants settled in ethnic ghettoes which sprung up in the metros. That is where the problems started. When their numbers grew, they wanted the municipal schools to close on Friday, instead of Sundays and German staple food, the sausages to be banned. This caused resentment among the parents of the German students of these municipal schools. While one section of the German society resents these immigrants, the other sections of society which needs their services, are in a dilemma.

Political correctness leads to compromises and increased resentment among the locals. German friends tell me, that the German nation is so ashamed of being associated with the ignoble Holocaust and atrocities of the Nazis, that the government goes overboard, when it comes to welcoming non-Christian immigrants. Possibly that is the reason that the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel welcomed the surge of refugees from Syria. But now that has backfired with the local populace. Presently, these refugees are being offered heavy financial help, for going back – 1200 Euros per person!

A joke that was popular in Germany in the 80's goes like this: Usually, new immigrants in the evening would go the local station to pass time. There, they are certain to meet similar compatriots sipping coffee – a good way to make friends, for a new-comer. Once a Turkish old timer, asked a new-comer,"How do you like Germany?" Abdel, replied,"Germany is wonderful. But there is only one trouble!" "What's that trouble?," asked the old timer. "There are too many Germans here," replied Abdel.

The above encrusts a worldwide phenomenon. Locals resent the demands of the immigrants and the flash points are in terms of lifestyles, attires, turbans, eating habits, dressing habits, etc. In some reverse cases, the resentment is due to the income disparities.

Two decades ago, I chanced upon a book, 'The tyranny of minorities' by a Filipino lady who was a professor at Harvard. I googled the name of the book, to refresh my memory about the basic premises of the book. I did not find any reference to the old book, but was shocked that the term is being so widely used in book titles and articles, even in recent ones in the context of Trump's America.

Sadly, there are no world statesmen and men of goodwill who can persuade the world to co-operate rather than confront!

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