New campaign asks Germans to help immigrants

13th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Posters went up in Germany Friday prompting school teachers, sports trainers and employers to help an estimated 15 million people in Germany of immigrant origin.

13 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Posters went up in Germany Friday prompting school teachers, sports trainers and employers to help an estimated 15 million people in Germany of immigrant origin.

The advertising campaign was launched a day after a two-hour national immigration summit at Chancellor Angela Merkel's office where government officials and employers were urged to hire more people from ethnic minorities.

The summit heard that sports clubs and schools were at the forefront in breaking down barriers between minorities and ethnic Germans.

People of Turkish origin make up Germany's biggest ethnic minority. There are also large numbers of eastern Europeans who have obtained citizenship thanks to ancient German ancestry.

The campaign also includes posters offering information to ethnic Turks about recent changes in German immigration law.

The Berlin meeting, part of the Merkel government's efforts to engage with Germany's growing Islamic minority, was marred by a stay-away by four principal ethnic Turkish groups.

They complained that new legislation passed last week imposes tougher entry tests on Turkish brides than on women of other nationalities when Germany-based men apply to bring them into the country.

Christian Wulff, a key Merkel supporter who is premier of Lower Saxony state, joined Friday in criticism of the boycott, describing it as "childish."

"This raising of emotions against the immigration law mainly harms the immigrants themselves," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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