Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Survey: 63% of Germans Think That Heritage is Irrelevant for Being German

What makes a Germans to Germans? German ancestors did not need it for, say, a clear majority of the population. For them, the language is crucial.

German-being is no longer a question of descent for most Germans. The definition of national identity has changed fundamentally in Germany, as is apparent from a study of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Research integration and migration from the previously cited the mirror.

As a criterion for German-being comes first language: 96.8 percent of respondents expressed the opinion was German, who could speak German. The second most frequently mentioned condition (78.9 percent) was the presence of a German passport. Only 37 percent said a German must also have German ancestors.

At the same time the investigation but also resentment brought to light, especially against Muslims. As indicated 37.8 percent, that could not be German, who wear a headscarf.

The study "Germany postmigrantisch" is one of the largest ever survey on migration and integration. A total of 8,270 people were charged per 80 to 100 questions. The results will be presented on Wednesday.


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