Here in the U.S., we’re accustomed to media crowing about demographic displacement.
It’s something we’re supposed to celebrate.
Nowadays, Europeans are getting used to this sort of thing as well.
Breitbart ran a story reporting that ethnic Germans (pictured right) are now a minority in Frankfurt.
There are actually two Frankfurts in Germany, the larger one, Frankfurt am Main
(Frankfurt on the Main river), and a smaller Frankfurt
on the Oder river. In English, the larger one (Frankfurt am Main) is generally referred to as Frankfurt, and that’s the one Breitbart is talking about.
It’s a city with a lot of history. The name Frankfurt means “Ford of the Franks”, so it’s named for a low place on the Main where the Frankish tribesmen would cross the river. (Illustration here
). There were also Roman settlements. Thus, two of the founding peoples of Western Europe, the Romans and the Franks, were in Frankfurt.
Later, Frankfurt was part of the Holy Roman Empire. Voltaire quipped that “This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was in no way holy, nor Roman, nor an empire." Nevertheless, that decentralized but largely German entity was an important part of medieval and modern Europe, and lasted until 1806.
In 1848 the city had Germany’s first democratically-elected parliament, which met in a Lutheran church.
Today Frankfurt is the most important financial center on the European continent.
And now that Frankfurt am Main has an ethnic German minority.
For the first time, more than half of Frankfurt residents now have a migrant background, according to official data from the city’s Office of Statistics and Elections. Presenting the figures, which show that 51.2 per cent of people living in Frankfurt have a migrant background, the city’s secretary of integration Sylvia Weber said: “We have minorities with relatively large numbers in Frankfurt but no group with a clear majority.”Frankfurt Becomes First German City Where Natives Are Minority, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, June 29, 2017
A majority (61%) of these non-Germans “are citizens of other European Union (EU)countries”. So they may either go back to their countries or stay and assimilate. However, at 13%, the largest non-German group is the Turks. And they are harder to assimilate.
Then there’s this:
Entitled Frankfurt Integration and Diversity Monitoring, the 200-page report is to provide a basis for the city to respond to inequalities, for example with regards to employment, education, or housing.
In other words, you can expect plenty of affirmative action and things like that.
Diversity means economic disparity.
Economically, the report shows big disparities between foreigners and Germans, with the income of 49 per cent of people with roots outside Germany falling below the poverty line compared to 23 per cent amongst natives.
The single motherhood rate has increased.
[Sylvia]Weber [Frankfurt’s secretary of integration] hailed the rate of single motherhood amongst women of foreign origin, which the report showed was significantly higher than that of native Germans in the city, as “a possible sign that female migrants are emancipating themselves”, and called for more research into the subject.
As in the United States, demographic change is being celebrated.
A book published last year which predicted native Germans would soon be reduced to a minority in Frankfurt, Augsburg, and Stuttgart — joining other “majority minority” cities in Europe which include Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Geneva — celebrates the demographic transformations as providing greater opportunities for “social justice”.
That’s one way of putting it.
Noting that two-thirds of young people in many of Western Europe’s major cities are of foreign origin, the authors of Super-Diversity: A New Perspective on Integration slammed politicians’ calls for newcomers to assimilate, stating: “If there is no longer an ethnic majority group, everyone will have to adapt to everyone else. Diversity will become the new norm.”
It’s the same sort of diversity propaganda as we hear in the United States.
And it’s coming to many other European cities as well.
Immigration researcher Jens Schneider and his co-authors Maurice Crul and Frans Lelie admit “this will require one of the largest psychological shifts of our time”. But the authors assert that “soon, everyone living in a large European city will belong to an ethnic minority group, just as they do in New York”, a city they describe as a “vibrant metropolitan melting pot”.
So when did ordinary Europeans sign on to all of this?