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Nearly half of Turkish immigrants in Germany put Islam above law, shock study reveals


NEARLY half of immigrants in Germany consider following Islamic teaching MORE important than abiding by the law, a shock survey has revealed. 

By Rebecca Perring, Express
PUBLISHED: 11:31, Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Nearly half of German-Turks say Islam is more important than abiding by the law
Nearly half of German-Turks say Islam is more important than abiding by the law.


A shocking one in five German-Turks said they would justify violence if it is provoked by the West, as they said Islam is the “only true religion”.

While 47 per cent of Turkish citizens living in Germany admitted following their religion was “more important” than obeying “the laws of the land in which I live”.

32 per cent said they yearn to live in a society of the times of the Prophet Mohammed.

Authors of the study ‘Integration and Religion from the viewpoint of Turkish Germans in Germany’ by the University of Münster, said they “didn’t expect” the results after grilling more than 1,200 immigrants.

Turkish refugees waiting to cross the borders to Germany
Turkish refugees waiting to cross the borders to Germany.


A shocking one in five German-Turks said they would justify violence if it is provoked by the West

Turkey is close to 100 percent Muslim. There are almost 3 million people Turkish immigrants living in Germany, according to the census 2011.

However, the study also revealed that 90 per cent of the Turkish people said they feel comfortable in Germany, while 87 per cent said that they feel closely or very closely connected to the European superstate.

The results also unveiled some surprises, with most of people surveyed showing they had a more positive view of the situation in Germany than many Germans themselves.

Detlev Pollack, spokesman for the Excellence Cluster ‘Religion and Politics at the university, said: “ If you compare Turkish immigrants with East Germans, you see that East Germans feel they’ve been treated more unfairly in reunified German than Turkish immigrants do.”

AfD have grown in prominence since Merkel's open-door refugee policy
AfD have grown in prominence since Merkel’s open-door refugee policy.

However some 56 per cent Turkish immigrants agreed with the statement: ‘No matter how hard I try, I am not accepted as part of Germany society.’

The results come amid an increasingly fractious debate over radical Islam in Germany, sparked by Angela Merkel’s open door asylum policy.

This has pushed voters into the embrace of right-wingers like the anti-immigrant AfD party which scored big in regional elections in March and which now threatens Merkel’s CDU conservatives at the general election in the autumn of next year.

Shocking opinion polls delivered a crushing blow to the German Chancellor as it was revealed Merkel’s conservatives lost in two out of three state elections. Germans appear to be punishing her for her accommodative refugee policy.

More than 1.1 million migrants entered Germany last year, with most coming from Middle Eastern and North African countries. But Merkel’s grip on power is growing ever weaker, with rebellion across the country against her controversial immigration policies.

She has consistently berated other EU states for introducing border controls to bring the migrant flow under control, ever since she made a pledge last summer to welcome all Syrians with open arms.

But growing cracks appeared and members of her own movement are beginning to openly question her stance on immigration following the horrific Cologne sex acts, forcing her to back down.

6 thoughts on “Nearly half of Turkish immigrants in Germany put Islam above law, shock study reveals

  1. I had already observed the East Germans feel displaced in their own country. Kohl was right to reduce the numbers of Muslim TUrks by 50% and now Merkel has signed a deal allowing Turkey to come and go as it pleases. Visa’s no problem for Turkish passport holders. How many immigrants now in Turkey (Muslim) who will be granted Turkish passports as well as visa’s? The woman is clearly naive and should no longer remain in office, in fact she should have been removed some time ago. She is a turncoat against her own East German country men.


  2. What I find especially strange is that after the worst mass killing in the U.S. in Orlando by an ‘angry’ Muslim man are the headlines which continue to imply ‘poor Muslims’ having such people in their midst, as if at this time, it is our ‘obligation’ to stand by so called tolerant Muslims. A very strange upside down kind of thinking.

    Here are two headlines from the New York Times this morning :
    ‘Words of Obama’s Father Still Waiting to Be Read by His Son’
    (Obama’s father was at one point in his life Muslim)

    and this …
    ‘Young Muslims, Robbed of Respite by Orlando Killings


    For Muslim students, it has been a Ramadan of contrasts and conflicting emotions. After the massacre in Orlando, Fla., they face the frustration of defending their faith yet again.’

    The implication here is that by and large, Muslims and adherents to their faith are ‘peaceful’, yet the text which they faithfully follow, the Koran, has many violent passages, expressing hatred toward non believers and proposed violent action toward non believers and thos who wish to leave Islam. The sympathy lies with everyday Muslims, whoever that is, and how they tend to be treated more suspiciously and with more animosity, especially after mass killings by radical Muslims, after Orlando, Paris (twice in one year) and Brussels. And why would native European and American populations not be fearful after such events?

    Sam Harris states this position particularly well, that Mohammed was a warlord who very successfully spread his ‘religion’ at the point of a sword. Whenever any ‘faith’ or ‘religion’ proclaims it is the best, the only one of merit, in Islamic eyes, it sets up this dynamic of ‘us’ versus ‘them’.

    An observation, note that with the photograph of Turks awaiting entry into Europe, not one has a look of friendliness in their eyes, what I see is suspicion and mistrust.


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