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.
‘I don’t have to accept someone who lives off a state they reject, doesn’t properly take care of the education of his children and keeps producing more little girls in headscarves,’ Mr Sarrazin told Lettre International journal.
‘That goes for 70 per cent of the Turkish and 90 per cent of the Arabic population of Berlin.’
He added that they were not fit for much other than ‘fruit and vegetable selling’.
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.’
Last week a survey was released by the government and a criminal statistics organisation which claimed that young Muslim men in Germany were more prone to violence through conservative Islamic teaching.