Minister calls for giving youth of immigrant backgrounds same opportunities as other Germans

Armin Laschet, Minister for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, discussed the transformation of the migration model of society and the continued lack of advancement opportunities for immigrants in Germany. In this interview he argues that the social and ethnic background of a person must and will cease to play a role. Especially in the case of young Turks, equal opportunities are far from being met, which is also why some university graduates of Turkish background return to the country of their parents in hope for better opportunities. Laschet says, “I believe that if we highlight the success stories that already exist, then a mood will develop in which people will say, ‘I’m staying here. This is where I was born and it really is my country.'”

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