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Crime and Young Immigrants in Germany - What Is the Connection?



Crime and Young Immigrants in Germany - What Is the Connection?
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    integration, partake, composure, xenophobia, unification, association, welfare, society, political, citizenship, addition, prejudice, launched, gang, originally, foreign
     content words:    Chancellor Angela Merkel, Czech Republic, West Germany, Eastern European, Sri Lanka, Eastern German, East Germany, Federal Republic, Chancellor Merkel


Crime and Young Immigrants in Germany - What Is the Connection?
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Caption: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
 
2     Germany is a nation in Europe. It is bordered by many countries - Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Austria. Germany has the largest economy in Europe. It is the second most populated country there as well. As of 2013, it had a population of more than 80 million people. This included more than 6.8 million registered foreigners living there. The largest group of foreigners is the Turks; the next largest group comes from the former Yugoslavia.
 
3     Much of the foreign population is concentrated in certain city areas such as Westphalia, Baden-Wurtternberg, and Bavaria. Foreign residents play important roles in certain areas of the economy. Foreign residents pay more for taxes and insurance than natives. They usually have more children than native Germans as well.
 
4     The history of immigration to Germany has been an interesting one. In the 1960s, many foreigners came to West Germany from southern Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s, when the Eastern European communist governments fell apart, ethnic Germans from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, and Romania came to Germany where they gained instant citizenship. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, thousands of people each year sought political asylum from places such as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, and West Africa.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research the history of immigration in Germany. What positive things do immigrants add to the country? What difficulties have been associated with immigrants in the country?

2.  Research the welfare system in Germany.

3.  Draw a map outlining Germany. Identify the bordering nations.

4.  West Germany and East Germany were unified. Read an encyclopedia article to find out why they weren't always one country.



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