The new Germany and migration in Europe


The new Germany and migration in Europe

Barbara Marshall

(Europe in change)

Manchester University Press , Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 2000

  • : hard
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [166]-179) and index



Since the fall of the Iron Curtain migration has become one of the major issues facing the new Germany. The purpose of this work is firstly to establish some economic, social and security implications of this in-migration. It then analyzes the control mechanisms which the government has developed so far. These have been reasonably effective for asylum seekers and ethnic Germans but immigration via family reunion and undocumented (illegal) immigration will continue. A European solution is therefore called for but harmonisation of migration and refugee policies at that level has remained limited. Indeed, the lack of "burden-sharing" illustrates the absence of a basic sense of solidarity among members of the EU. The question then remains how Germany will approach future in-migration. The volume ends with an examination of migration in German politics which focuses on the controversies surrounding the new Nationality Law and the unwillingness of a majority of policy makers to countenance an immigration law for Germany.


  • Part 1 West Germany and migration, 1945-1989: refugees, foreigners, ethnic Germans and asylum seekers. Part 2 The impact of migration in the new Germany: who migrates? some facts and figures - general trends - foreigners, irregular migration, temporary labour, ethnic Germans, resettlers, Jews, asylum seekers
  • the socio-economic impact of migration - migrants in the economy and the labour market, migrant and the welfare state
  • security aspects. Part 3 The problem of control: background - means of control - national controls, control mechanism I - ethnic Germans, control mechanism II - asylum seekers
  • the political context - the role of Lander, coalition government, the political parties move towards compromise, the "asylum compromise"
  • the implementation of the new legislation
  • return policies. Part 4 The European dimension: background fortress Europe - intergovernmental co-operation before unification, after unification - immigration and border controls
  • migration and Europe - closer integration or re-nationalisation? - qualified majority voting, "burden-sharing", after Amsterdam. Part 5 Citizenship and immigration law: German citizenship for foreigners - some general remarks
  • foreigners and the development of citizenship policy
  • problems of naturalisation
  • the political debate
  • the immigration law controversy. Part 6 Conclusions.

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