If you purely go by the Internet figures basis research, then you’d find that back in 2015, the year where there happened a massive exodus of individuals from the Middle East to Germany, the country’s population was 8.2 crores.
Doing simple math and fast forwarding to the year 2020- a period of time in which the world suffered endlessly all thanks to the COVID pandemic- would tell you that it’s half a decade since 2015. And in 2020, the German population stood at somewhere along the lines of 8.37 crores.
Overall, in a five-year period ‘The Fatherland,’ experienced a population increase of just 17 lakh individuals.
Let that sink in!
Truly speaking, a decade back in time where the current German chancellor Angela Merkel, the incumbent political supremo of the strongman of Europe was addressing a rally in Berlin in which she’d stated that it is time for the German people to have a serious think about the country’s population and about reproducing more, probably she wasn’t right.
Because quite like countries like The Netherlands, Belgium and France, what Germany is currently experiencing is a birth-rate crisis. Fact is and perhaps it’s time the nation associated with excellence in automotive production and engineering did something serious to overcome a problem, which it would certainly not like the posterity to be challenged with.
The German birth-rate is considerably low than what’s needed to replace the current populace. A well-rounded state-run healthcare system, judicious and resourceful has enabled the German seniors to lead a long, healthier life but its the youth population that’s emerged as a focal point of discussion in the socio-cultural landscape of things.
Perhaps there’s some sense to the massive headline-grabbing decision taken by Angela Merkel in 2015, a year wherein she let around a million plus refugees who came from not only North Africa but importantly, from the Middle East. With countries like Syria, Iraq tormented by the terrorist attacks, Germany became the home away from home for tens of thousands of individuals who were quite simply displaced.
At the same time, there seem to have been an erroneous representation of what was transpiring down in Germany. While much of the world recognised the mass movement of the refugees into Europe’s mainland, toward countries like Germany as a ‘immigrant crisis,’ probably for a country that had its own problems concerning a stagnant birth rate, it was to have been put as the ‘immigrant solution!’
While it wasn’t hard to note the resentment on the Eastern part of Europe toward letting this displaced population in, Germany, on the other hand, batted for the immigrants on the front foot.
Surely, the ‘anti-immigrant’ backlash in conjunction with the ‘Germany is for Germans’ thought continues to be the mantra for the far-right AFD (Alternative for Deutschland party), there’s also rosy support that still exists courtesy the Green Party, the country’s liberal platform for immigration and immigrants.
This party may well go on to win the soon-to-be-held elections in September, 2021. This could mean a more tolerant German future in which policies and rules shall be kept keeping in view the needs of the country’s immigrant population.
In 2019 alone, there were around 15, 58,612 immigrants in Germany alone. Many countries in the world depend on immigrants and undocumented workers for progress; for taking the country forwards toward the path of growth and progress.
Today, it might not mean a hundred percent representation in all government sectors or top jobs in private companies, but the immigrants in Germany, that are rightly considered a gift concerning the population problem, are involved in manual labor, coaching and teaching, manufacturing jobs, to quote some.
So to sum it up, while there may still be many for whom Merkel’s leaning toward accepting ‘absolute strangers’ wasn’t the brightest thing after all, it’s the immigrants in Germany who will march strongly with those born and raised in Deutschland to propel the country ahead. A new face, a new representation- probably divided by colour or caste but united by one philosophy- Deutschland, uber alles!