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Criticism of Bertelsmann's Muslim Study: "Deficits Not Remarked"

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | World News

A much-lauded study by the Bertelsmann Foundation on the Integration of Muslims in Germany is under criticism. Experts from business and science were concerned with the conclusions of the Gütersloher researchers, according to which integration was already a long way ahead of the labor market.

The institute of the German economy in Cologne (IW) pointed to the partly clear deviations to results from other studies. An analysis of the socio-economic panel (SOEP) concludes: "Muslims are much less employed and are also less likely to work full-time as Christians or non-believers," writes IW economist Holger Schäfer. The findings are hardly surprising, as many Muslims have a migration background, which is often an obstacle to labor market integration.

As a result, there is no reason to decline efforts to integrate immigrants into the labor market, particularly with regard to increased immigration in recent years, Schäfer added. The Bertelsmann study did not show any significant differences among the rest of the population among Muslims of the second and third generation of immigrants with regard to the unemployment rate and full-time positions.

Others criticize the conclusions on education. The researchers had returned the 36% drop in the early school leaving rate compared to France to early selection in German schools. The religious sociologist Detlef Pollack from Münster considers this to be inconclusive. The tripartite school system in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg regularly performed better than the school systems in countries that supported total schools. On the contrary, Pollack explained to tonline.de that the number of immigrant families striving for education was more pronounced.

This is followed by the main criticism of the Münsterian scientist: "Changes in the attitudes of the majority society, the education system, and the politics are always being considered, but integration is not a one-way street: the immigrants also have to contribute their part, Is not noted. "

 Pollack and his colleagues had found in a survey among Turks that 70 percent of respondents wanted to integrate, but 25 percent did not.

Elsewhere, the findings of the scientists from Münster and those of the Bertelsmann Foundation were again revealed. "We have also found out that the integration of the Turks questioned by us, especially among the second and third generations, is a step forward in which the Turks are feeling strongly connected to the country of immigration, as well as the West German majority society and themselves Overall feel comfortable in Germany. "

  The religious monitor of the Bertelsmann researchers came to a similar result. "The vast majority of Muslims feel the country they live in. In Germany, the proportion is 96 percent," the study said. In addition, contact with the non-Muslim population is a reality for the vast majority of the Muslims. For example, 84 percent of the Muslims born in Germany stated that they would spend their free time regularly with non-Muslims.


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