In 2014, the BBC World Service conducted a survey of 24 countries. In this survey, Germany was voted the world’s most popular country. But why is Germany so popular? How is it able to attract such a large number of immigrants?
The reasons are manifold. Some of the reasons are that Germany has a diverse society, especially in the metropolitan areas, a high standard of living as well as many job opportunities. According to Globescan, “in terms of lifestyle and its high-quality products, Germany has a successful image”.
Take Germany’s cities: almost of all of them boast a vibrant mix of nationalities. Inhabitants and visitors alike may immerse in various languages, cultures, traditions and faiths. Immigrants have always played an essential part in Germany’s achievements. Over the decades, they have climbed the social ladder and are pursuing careers as lawyers, doctors, engineers, managers and entrepreneurs. Others yet are famous artists, musicians, athletes and film makers. Yet others have become politicians or otherwise engaged in public policy and social progression. The German national soccer team is a prime example of Germany’s ethnical melting pot. Its players have or had Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Bosnian, Brazilian, Ghanaian, Nigerian or Tunisian roots.
Today more than ever, Germany offers its immigrants a chance to become everything they want to be. Both in law and in society, Germany and Germans have chosen to rigorously implement and live out equal rights for all. Political and societal participation are the core foundation of the German community. Germany’s basic law has been endorsed so inherently by Germany’s citizens that many speak of a constituional patriotism when they speak of the German type of patriotism. It is not based on ethnicity or religion or background, but rather by its adherence to and implementation of the values that lie at the core of the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), the constitution.