Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An Immigrant City

RBB posted an interesting short piece today.

Roughly 28-percent of Berlin is now an immigrant.....meaning from Russia, Poland, Italy, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, etc.

52,000 are from Russia alone.

An affect on Berlin?  It would be curious to ask the long-term residents (people living there since the 1960s) if this is changing the character of the city.

Politically, each of these groups are drawn to a particular political affiliation.....not necessarily SPD or CDU.  In the last election, a fair number of Russian votes were drawn to the AfD Party.

What happens if the trend continues over the next decade, and forty-percent of the city is immigrant?  No one really asks about the trend or the long-term affect.

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