German minister claims that immigration is needed to prevent inbreeding

I have heard a number of arguments in favour of immigration but this one from Germany takes the cake. Japan admits they have a problem with low birth rates but they do not want to use immigration to fix the issue as they want to protect Japanese culture. Instead, they will work on encouraging their citizens to have larger families. Germany on the other hand like many Western countries has a birth rate that could do with some improvement but that is not the justification they are using for allowing mass migration into their country.

Nope, apparently, Germany is in imminent danger of suffering from inbreeding if they do not allow migrants to flood into their country.

As European countries grapple with growing public concern over immigration, political tensions are running high.

But hyperbolic political rhetoric reached a strange new peak this week when Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble told a newspaper that closing the country’s borders would lead to inbreeding.

In an interview with weekly paper Die Zeit, Mr Schäuble rejected the idea Europe could close its borders to immigrants, and said: “Isolation is what would ruin us – it would lead us into inbreeding.”

Inbreeding is caused either by geographical isolation or culture. Germany traditionally does not have a culture of marrying their daughters to their cousins.

Through the 19th century, the lack of transportation and the natural obstacles  kept the people oriented  to each others and closed for new comers. The main reason for inter familiar marriages and breeding is the absence of those from outside part of the world, intruders. In 1980, scientist  Robert Tincher came out with the study “Night Comes to the Chromosomes: Inbreeding and Population Genetics in Southern Appalachia” based on 140 years practice of inbreeding.:”He concluded that inbreeding levels in Appalachia  are neither unique nor particularly common to the region when compared with those reported for population elsewhere or at earlier periods in American history.”

The truly ironic part about the German Finance Minister’s statement about inbreeding is that many of those that have poured into Germany come from a culture that commonly marries daughters to their cousins which has resulted in many genetic defects. Since this culture is predominantly anti-integration and strongly discourages its women from marrying people from another culture or religion it is highly unlikely to make the native German breeding stock more diverse.


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