BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MARCH 22, 1999 ISSUE
INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Will Germany Ever Figure Out How to Treat Aliens? (int'l edition)


You present the situation realistically in ''Foreigners forever?'' (European Business, Mar. 1). It is now obvious that the well-intentioned but pragmatic Chancellor Gerhard Schroder will kill this plan and keep foreigners outside German society. This is bad for Germany and bad for foreigners. It is also a shame for some German media, which give human-rights lectures to Turks on Kurdish issues but overlook the human and legal tragedy caused by these antiquated laws about citizenship.

Ali Mertsoy
Istanbul


We Germans could learn a lot from Americans. In recent decades, many Mexican ''guest workers'' came to the South and Southwest of the U.S. We can assume that lots of them had Mexican passports but will never return to Mexico unless for vacation. This is the situation we have here with our guest workers. Or do you see a difference?

How exactly did the U.S. treat the question of dual nationality and dual passports in these cases? Could the Mexicans keep their Mexican passports and receive double citizenship? Or did they have to opt for one or the other? This is the question that causes the irritation in Germany.

Wolf M. Renner
Giessen, Germany


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