Language is always a sticking point in the German immigration debate. Many times politicians say immigrants need to learn better German, to fully integrate. But not all foreigners are told this. Entertainers, for example, seem to have a special status in German society, and imperfections are part of the charm. This feature was produced in German for Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Translation provided by Katie Ganzer.
Earlier this year we brought the story of a German couple living in Eastern Arizona, whose investor visa renewal was denied by the U-S.
CUT from story: .”…they told me nope you don’t get it because the outcome of the business is not enough.”
KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer visited Joerg and Beate Bohlig near Stuttgart, Germany to see how they’re fairing.
Like many countries Germany is still trying to solidify its immigration policy. Part of the continuing debate rests in how to better integrate former guest workers who helped build up the country in the 1960s and 70s. The United States has considered a similar guest worker program, and some of the lessons learned by Germany may signal how the US goes about its immigration reforms. Reporter Tony Ganzer is from Arizona , the frontline of the American immigration debate, and he’s in Germany on a journalist exchange trying to determine whether a guest worker program can be truly successful.
(Editor’s Note: This story was written in Germany, but subsequently produced and edited in the U.S. It is a comprehensive, 12-minute look into the state of German and U.S. immigration policy, and past, focusing on guest worker programs. The audio provided is from Deutsche Welle Radio’s “Insight.”)
KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer has been investigating the Guest Worker program instituted by Germany in the 1960s and 70s, in hopes of finding something the US could use in its own efforts to reform immigration policy. Germany is still coping with the effects of its program, and as Ganzer reports, some experts say the US may not have better luck if it rolls out its own guest worker program.