Germany:a changing country of immigration


Despite being one of Europe's most significant destinations for migration, Germany has long wrestled with the notion that it may or may not be a 'country of immigration'. Approaching this question from a positive rather than a normative perspective, this article explores how Germany is changing in this respect, by examining changes over the past two decades in terms of migration flows, the policy framework and the degree of societal and institutional adaptation to migration. It argues that Germany has become much more diverse and also notes the major policy developments that have taken place after the change of government in 1998. While the dominant theme of migration policy has moved on from prevention to integration, Germany's impending demographic transformation poses a major new challenge, which will require governments to look once again to more active recruitment of labour migration.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Green, S. (2013). Germany : a changing country of immigration. German politics, 22(3), 333-351. German politics © 2013 Association for the Study of German Politics, Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration,integration,citizenship,Germany,Sociology and Political Science,Political Science and International Relations
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Published Date: 2013-12-16
Authors: Green, Simon (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0298-634X)



Version: Accepted Version

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