Germany’s first Arabic-language street sign has appeared in the city of Düsseldorf, and Islamic associations and the Green Party are praising the new development.
“Bilingual street signs are also a symbolic expression of social inclusion. They show that people identify with their district and the diversity of their district,” the city’s Green Party wrote in a statement.
The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman A. Mazyek, wrote on Twitter that Düsseldorf is showing “diversity and showing respect for immigrant Germans.”
Some criticized the decision on Twitter, with Ali Utlu writing, “Ellerstrasse in Düsseldorf/Oberbilk. The Arabization of Germany is progressing. German is the only official language in Germany. Neither Klingon nor Arabic.”
Pew Research indicates that Europe’s Muslim population could triple over the next 30 years, rising up to 75 million.
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