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Turks least integrated in Germany

Turks least integrated in Germany
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BERLIN - A new study published Monday shows that Turks are the least integrated group of immigrants in German society despite being the second numerous, Deutsche Welle reported.

Germany is home to just under 3 million Turks, but 30 percent of students of Turkish origin do not have a school leaving certificate and only 14 percent pass their final secondary school examinations. In the state of Saarland, 45 percent of Turks have failed to complete their high school education. Turks are also less successful than other immigrants in securing a job in Germany, the study unveiled Monday by the Berlin Institute for population and development showed.

Unemployment among Turkish immigrants is high and many survive on state benefits while reports shows a large number of Turkish women remain in the home to manage the family.

Fewer than one-third of Turks born in Germany have chosen to obtain German citizenship and 93 percent have married within the Turkish community. On a scale of one, poorly integrated, to eight, well integrated, Turks were rated bottom of the table with 2.4, behind immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and Africa, 3.2, the Middle East, 4.1, southern Europe, 4.4, and the Far East, 4.6.

The best integrated group, according to the study, is immigrants from other European Union countries who scored 5.5 on the institute's index.

In an article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Germany's Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble defended the German government's initiatives to promote integration saying it was "on the right track" but added that more could be done. "We must tell the socially weaker people, who have been isolated over generations: you are important."
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