GERMANY LIKES TO BUILD WALLSor Chancellor Merkel,
Tear Down Those Walls?
By Kevin Stoda, in Germany
As most readers know, American visa seekers and long-term North American
residents in Germany have been facing a lot of trouble in recent years
keeping visas for themselves and getting proper visas for their loved
Just today, I learned of an American missionary in Bremen, who was
recently threatened with expulsion after it was determined that she,
too, did not earn enough money to be allowed to continue to receive a
visa in Germany. The woman has already lived in the country of Germany
Even though I earn (or receive as inheritance) over 60,000 dollars this
particular year, I have been notified by the Wiesbaden integration
office (Auslandsbehoerde) that I earn too little money to bring my
Filipino-born wife into Germany to live. Therefore, I feel that there is
a strong case for xenophobia directed towards American passport holders
in 2009. On the other hand, the xenophobia is certainly more wide-spread
than simple anti-Americanism. In other words, Germany has put a great
Wall up in central Europe to keep non-Germans out.
This wall-building against feared foreign hordes Central Europe is
partially the result of widespread lawlessness and abuses in the visa
system and foreign policy of Germany after the Wall opened up in 1989
and when the Soviet Union disintegrated a few years later. During the
1990s, Germany was unusually hospitable to refugees and a particularly
group of Eastern Europeans who could prove German ancestry.
This later group is sometimes referred to as "spaet Sielder"
(late settlers) or "deutsche Einsieldler aus Ost Europa" (German
settlers from Eastern Europe). The Soviet regimes had scattered, for
example, German speaking peoples of Volga and Ukraine as far as
Kazakhstan and Siberia in the wake of WWII. These peoples made up the
last great wave of German integration of the past decade. In short,
between the collapse of the wall, the collapse of the Soviet Empire and
the Balkans wars of the 1990s, Germany took on several million new
This ten resulted in a severe tightening of border control and in the
area of visa regulations in Germany in the first part of this decade.
Later, after the Spanish and London train bombings, the noose was
tightened further. Now, everyone who is foreign and wants to live in
Germany appears to need to earn over 60,000 US dollars per year and must
already have family living here.
AMERICANS OFTEN DON´T COUNT AS FAMILY IN GERMANY
Wait a second, I have family here in Germany. However, according to the
visa offices in Wiesbaden and elsewhere, they do not count.
Yeah, I have a sister, a brother-in-law, and 3 nephews and nieces living
in Bavaria right now. However, since my brother-in-law is in the U.S.
military, he and his family do not count as family for would-be American
settlers or day-laborers in Germany. That is, my immediate family lives
in a special economic zone in Germany, i.e. in an area called a military
post or military reservation.
This sort of location in Germany is known as living-off-the-economy. By
the way, living-on-the-economy is the rest of Germany, i.e. not covered
by such special economic zones. These special areas on the reservations
or military bases use dollars and have their own commissaries and
regulated gas prices.
If one lives on or visits one of these special economic zones from
overseas, one is seldom (if-ever) given a visa to work in Germany
on-the-economy. In short, teenagers who grow up on such military
reserves have no right to live or work outside the reservation.
Likewise, mothers who live on such bases have no right to go looking for
part-time jobs off the reservation.
In short, through my USA family connections in Bavaria for visa
purposes, neither my wife and nor I know visa security in Germany. The
Visa offices in Germany treat my sister's family on the reservation
as a non-existent family (who live by definition off-the-economy).
Amazingly, though, my sister's family and many other Americans
living on such military reservations find themselves spending a
humongous share of their savings in Euros and in the German economy. For
example, they go out for a bite of wiener schnitzel at the local
restaurants or they travel on holiday into the Alps (to Christmas
markets, etc.) or they seek out doctors off-the-post for assistance with
childhood and special medical help.
Likewise, even if an American military family would seek housing off the
post or reservation, they would get soaked for rent of double the normal
price because they would be competing with military subcontractors from
the USA, who locate themselves near and around the bases.
DO AMERICANS NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO GERMANY?
Wait a minuteyou might askdo Americans need to acquire German
visas before arriving in Europe?
Well, the answer is NO. An American visitor can receive a stamp on
However, my wife is not American. She was born in the Philippines. So,
she is being currently barred from either visiting or living with me in
Germany because the local Wiesbaden Integration Office (using bizarre
criteria designed to keep most foreigners out) says that 60,000 dollars
is too little for a couple to live on in Germany in 2009although
the German economy has had little-to-no inflation this year. ALDI's,
the great supermarket chain, has lowered prices 33 times this year
Meanwhile, according to a Middle Eastern newspaper, the population of
Germany has sunk again. "Germany's population shrank for a sixth
straight year in 2008, according to official data published on
Wednesday. The number of people in Western Europe's most populous
country now stands at 82.06 million people, down 160,000 from 82.22
million in 2007, the statistics office said in a statement. The number
of births and deaths in Germany last year was roughly unchanged compared
to 2007, with around 690,000 births and about 845,000 deaths."
With continued draconian measures against would-be immigrants, such as
my poor wife, in 2009 the state of German, Central & Western
Europe's most populous one, now has its lowest population total
since East and West Germany unified in 1990.
It appears now, in 2009, that the only way to gain legal residence in
Germany these days is to come here illegally and apply. Thousands of
Turkish and Eastern Europeans do so regularly. Then, after paying a
fine, they proceed with their true European rights before the courts.
However, this sort of land-crossing option is not possible for North
Americans nor Filipinosespecially if they adamantly do not want to
break immigration law and face expulsion nor arrest.
TEAR DOWN THE WALLANGIE, PLEASE!!!
Tomorrow, Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, will meet with Hillary
Clinton, Michael Gorbachev, and other world leaders to commemorate the
opening of the Berlin and East German borders on November 9, 198920
That was a joyous time.
Families who had not been able to see each other easily for decades were
able to cross the East and West German borders at will.
Unification was soon in sight.
Please, Chancellor Merkel, tear down the wall run by both the foreign
ministry and at the various integration offices (Auslands- und
Visumbehoerde) in Germany, run by the Interior Ministry.
Otherwise, years from now, people will remember Germany in this very
decade not as a unified growing and positive example of global
integration (and global unification)but as a walled fortress
hostile to new blood and peoples, i.e. a country which shrank into
oblivion and never really learned to accept the needs of others knocking
at their door seeking family unification, employment, and justice.
(1) German Retail sales need to increase in order to supplant the
declines in the losses on the global economy in the 2008 to 2014 period,
but a decrease in in-grown purchasing power due to smaller population
and smaller demands related to smaller demographics throughout Germany
is not helpful.
(2) More information on German and Japanese demographic issues can be
(3) Another reason for outbound migration from Germany is discussed
(4) According to the website below, "An investigation carried out in
1978 revealed that since 1820 over 6,978,000 people emigrated to the
United States from Germany. This amounted to 14.3 percent of the total
foreign immigration during this period." In short, no country sent
more peoples to live in America than did Germany.
"In 1829, Gottfried Duden, a German visitor to America, published
his book, Report of a Journey to the Western States of North America.
The book providing a very attractive account of German immigrant life in
America. As well as describing spectacular harvests, Duden praised the
intellectual freedom enjoyed by people living in America. The book sold
in large numbers and persuaded thousands of Germans to emigrate."´
It was in this waive that Friedrich Stade (Stoda), my great, great,
great grandfather arrived in America.
"The failed German revolution in 1848 also stimulated emigration.
Over the next ten years over a million people left Germany and settled
in the United States. Some were the intellectual leaders of this
rebellion, but most were impoverished Germans who had lost confidence in
its government's ability to solve the country's economic
Many other Germans left to live in other parts of continental Europe and
into the open space of the Ukraine and Russia. Later, some of these same
Russian and Ukraine Germans settled in the plains of the USA and Canada.
I went to a Kansas college founded by such immigrants.
"Others left (Germany) because they feared constant political
turmoil in Germany. One prosperous innkeeper wrote after arriving in
Wisconsin: "I would prefer the civilized, cultured, Germany to
America if it were still in its former orderly condition, but as it has
turned out recently, and with the threatening prospect for the future of
religion and politics, I prefer America. Here I can live a more quiet,
and undisturbed life.´"
I wanted to bring my wife to live in the peace and quiet of Germany
after living in the Middle East most of the past decade. I had expected
to show her around Germany and Europe, but AULSAENDER VERBOTEN is the
rule if one doesn't come from certain nationalities or races.
Again, I ask: "Frau Chancellor Merkel, TEAR DOWN THE BUREAUCRATIC
AND ANTI-FOREIGNER WALLS NOW this November 9, 2009"