Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul criticized a new German immigration law which requires spouses of a Turk living in Germany to have a certain level of proficiency in German before being allowed into the country. Gul said: “I wish that all Turks in Germany could speak German. But, making it compulsory is against human rights. And, it doesn’t solve the problem. The German cabinet approved the new immigration law in March but it still has to be approved by the Bundestag, Germany’s Parliament. The law stipulates that in the case of immigrating spouses, the person coming to Germany must be at least 18 years old and be able to speak at least basic German.
Information from Der Spiegel
I am on the side of Foreign Minister Gul. Many of my relatives came to America not knowing English and learned it while they lived here. If millions of east European immigrants to America from 1890-1924 could enter the country without speaking English and become successful citizens why can’t Germany give Turkish immigrants a similar chance?