German premier sparks migrant workers debate
Angela Merkel has prompted debate about migrant workers in Germany following comments she made in a recent speech.
The chancellor told young members of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party that those entering the country for work are welcome.
However, in the same speech, she also stated that multiculturalism in the country had "utterly failed".
Her remarks have won support from German conservatives but have angered those who insist foreigners have integrated into the country.
Ms Merkel's comments form part of a debate on the issue of labor migration to Germany - in particular by Muslim workers - which has been running for several months.
It was originally sparked by a book by Thilo Sarrazin, a controversial banker who wrote bestseller Germany Does Away With Itself, in which he claims that immigrant workers are placing the nation under threat, particularly Islamic workers.
His writing has been denounced as xenophobic and Ms Merkel herself has previously criticized it.
Meanwhile, Germany's economics minister Rainer Bruederle recently revealed the official forecast for economic growth has doubled and unemployment rates are expected to drop to 2.9 million in 2011, AFP reported.
Posted by Alex Donnell