A controversial board member of Bundesbank has come under fire for claiming immigrants are making Germany ‘dumber in a simple way’.
Thilo Sarrazin told a business group in Frankfurt that people arriving in the country from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa are less educated than those from other nations.
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The 65-year-old added: ‘There’s a difference in the reproduction of population groups with varying intelligence.’
In his speech this week, Mr Sarrazin, a former finance minister, cited what he called ‘ample statistics’ for proof.
He said the fact that immigrants tend to have more children than Germans - who have the lowest birthrate in Europe - meant this caused ‘a different propagation of population groups with different intelligence because parents pass their intelligence on to their children’.
Susanne Kreutzer, a spokesman for Bundesbank, said the comments are ‘the personal views of Mr. Sarrazin’ and declined to comment further.
But there is speculation now that his views may make his position on the bank‘s board untenable.
Mr Sarrazin has made no moves to say sorry for his latest remarks.
A spokesman for a Muslim group in Berlin said; ‘He is a tired old white Christian male full of prejudice and few ideas.’
Source: Daily Mail