HuffPo Germany: “Of course everything in Europe should be in Arabic for...

HuffPo Germany: “Of course everything in Europe should be in Arabic for refugees”

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HuffPo Germany: All Signs in Europe Should Be in Arabic,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, October 25, 2016:

A Syrian migrant teen has demanded that all signs and products in Europe should be labelled in Arabic to make migrants feel more welcome.

Aras Bacho moved to Germany from Syria five years ago and while only 18 has become a regular columnist in migrant issues across German media.

“Of course everything in Europe should be in Arabic for refugees,” Bacho wrote in the German edition of The Huffington Post. Claiming that he finds it “sad” that many migrants can live in a country like Germany for years, or even decades, without ever learning German, he says that integration is difficult due to the language barrier.

“I, as a refugee, think that inscriptions on street signs in Europe should be translated into Arabic. Equally,  food packaging should be in Arabic. It should also be possible to take tests in Arabic,” he wrote.

According to Bacho, if everything were in Arabic then migrants who have passed their driving licence would find it easier to drive in Germany, they would “understand the law more quickly”, and be able to enter the labour market if Germans spoke and wrote Arabic, rather than German.

“We should help these people more. No matter what it costs,” he writes adding: “I think that Europe needs to establish the Arabic language. That would be very good for refugees.”

The comments made by Bacho echo calls by German academics who have suggested idea that German pupils should have mandatory Arabic classes until they finish school to better integrate new migrants. Professor of Computer Science Thomas Strothotte said such a move would make the migrants feel “more welcome”.

Linguistics Professor Angelika Redder also agrees with the concept saying the government needs to push the issue….

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