Below are some facts related to Seyran Ates' work fighting for the rights of Muslim women.
MUSLIMS IN GERMANY
There are 3.5 million Muslims in Germany, just over 4% of a German population of 82.4 million. The majority - more than 2 million - is Turkish. The rest are from Bosnia, Albania, the Arab world, Pakistan and Iran.
TURKS WERE INVITED TO GERMANY IN THE 1960’S
Turks were invited to Germany in the 1960’s to fill unskilled jobs during the nation’s booming post-war recovery. This immigration of Turkish workers continued into the 1970’s. Most Turkish immigrants were uneducated and did not speak German. In the 1980’s, when Germany offered the workers financial incentives to return to Turkey, most chose to stay in Germany and were eventually permitted to bring their families. Their numbers rose dramatically. In 1961 there were 261 Turks in Berlin. Today there are 118,000.
HIGH IMMIGRANT UNEMPLOYMENT IN GERMANY
Germany has an unemployment rate of 9.6%, but for immigrants it is 21.6%. In Berlin the unemployment rate is 17%, and three times higher for foreigners seeking work.