Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In Germany, nearly 2/3 of Syrian refugees are 'functionally illiterate'

An economics professor at the University of Munich says that 65% of refugees arriving in Germany "fail to meet international standards on basic reading and writing skills," making them functionally illiterate.
That means that hundreds of thousands of adult refugees will likely fail to get a job to support themselves and their families, burdening the German welfare system for the next quarter-century……….
The United States has already absorbed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Honduras, Nicaragua, and other Central American countries – mostly children who have either never been to school or were prevented from attending class because of the violence.  Now we are going to import more dependent refugees from Syria?
The story of what is going on in small towns and communities across America as ordinary Americans have refugees dumped unceremoniously in their laps is largely untold.  Social service groups and charities are trying to pick up the slack, but schools, health care, and basic needs are all overburdened and stretched to the limit.
It will be a quarter of a century before the children of these illiterate parents can contribute meaningfully to the economy.  Meanwhile, they will be siphoning off benefits from native-born citizens and legal immigrants who need them just as much.