2/3 of Invaders “Functionally Illiterate”

The New Observer
November 21, 2015

More than two thirds of the nonwhite invaders who have poured into Germany at the invitation of Angela Merkel are “functionally illiterate” and will not be able to successfully participate in the economy, a leading education expert has warned.


Speaking in a radio interview on the Deutschland Funk service, Professor Dr. Ludger Wößmann, director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education in Munich, warned that the invaders “did not have the education that would allow them to participate successfully” in the economy and that they will not even be able to complete a basic three-year training course either.

Asked to comment by the interviewer on the view espoused by many pro-invader politicians that the flood of Third Worlders was going to be good for the economy, Dr. Wößmann said that the best way to predict this was to look at the educational systems of the home countries from where the invaders are coming.

He said that specific educational measures, known as PISA or TIMSS tests, are used to rank the educational levels of countries, and that it is possible to determine precisely how many people in each country have “minimum” required skill sets so as not to be considered functionally illiterate.

In Syria, he continued, 65 percent of people do not have these minimum skill sets. The stunned interviewer then asked Dr. Wößmann if this meant that 65 percent of the invaders “cannot read or write properly?”

Dr Wößmann answered: “At the least, they cannot successfully participate in any manner in the German [economy].  You can see this by TIMSS scores on mathematics, and natural sciences. That is, they are not able to complete very simple computing tasks.”

Still incredulous, the interviewer then asked if it was not true that the invaders were the “most qualified people” and therefore unlikely to be the functionally illiterate masses. Dr. Wößmann was unperturbed by the question, answering that of the previous (and now already settled) wave of refugees, some two-thirds had no higher education.

“On the whole, this suggests that it will not on average be extremely highly qualified people who are coming here,” he said. “Going by current migration flows, I do not think that you can particularly strongly assume that they have high levels of education.”

The interviewer then asked him what this meant for “integration into the labor market.”

Wößmann answered by saying, “we cannot assume that all of these people can now simply complete a three-year course at a high theoretical level. They will fail.”

In addition, he pointed out that the Chamber of Crafts of Munich-Upper Bavaria had recently reported that 70 percent of their trainees enrolled from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, had already dropped out after less than two years.”

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