Integration Debate

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Integration Debate: Parties Close in on Dual Citizenship Deal

Integration Debate: Parties Close in on Dual Citizenship Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

For the first time in Germany, politicians seem close to a deal that would extend the right to dual citizenship to children of immigrants and naturalized Germans. The national identity of thousands of young people hangs in the balance. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

Turks make up Germany's largest ethnic minority, and SPIEGEL reporter Özlem Gezer grew up in the port city of Hamburg as a part of this community. She describes herself as a "model immigrant," but explains how Germans have made her feel she could never be one of them. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]


No German, No Benefits: Turkish Family Fights Language Requirement

No German, No Benefits: Turkish Family Fights Language Requirement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Imhan K., a Turkish woman living in Germany, had her welfare benefits slashed after her husband refused to let her take German courses. Now a court must decide whether immigrants can be forced to learn the language and adopt Western mores. By Bruno Schrep more... Comment ]

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Several recent controversies in Germany -- from the treatment of refugees to the obstacles faced by immigrants in the job market -- have thrown the issue of racial discrimination into the limelight. SPIEGEL spoke to 15 people of foreign descent to find out how racism affects their daily lives. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2013

Residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Hamburg recently took to the streets in protest of what they say is prejudicial policing by local authorities. Are the police guilty of racial profiling? By Özlem Gezer and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Immigration Hurdle: EU Questions Germany's Language Tests

Immigration Hurdle: EU Questions Germany's Language Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

Germany may be violating EU law with language tests for certain immigrants, and the European Commission is looking into the matter. German politicians say the test isn't that hard. more... Comment ]


Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

In the past, Germany's guest workers were left to fend for themselves. Determined not to repeat this mistake, the city of Dortmund has beefed up integration assistance for immigrants, particularly those from Bulgaria and Romania. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Challenging Merkel's Resistance to Dual Citizenship

Challenging Merkel's Resistance to Dual Citizenship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

It is no secret that immigration to Germany is changing. Gone are the days when immigrants were seen as a cheap source of menial labor. Nowadays, most of them come from within Europe and tend to be well-educated -- a fact that is slowly becoming an important issue in the general election campaign. By Charles Hawley more...


Coming to Germany: Spanish Workers Look for a Future in Bavaria

Coming to Germany: Spanish Workers Look for a Future in Bavaria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2013

Youth unemployment in Spain is enormously high, yet some companies in Germany can't find the skilled labor they need. Now, a program in Bavaria is trying to kill two birds with one stone. It has been overwhelmed with applications and the first Spanish newcomers have begun arriving. By Andrew Bowen in Munich, Germany more... Comment ]

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan's Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan's Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a self-styled patron of Turkish immigrants in Germany. But critics say that his aggressive diaspora policy is increasingly driving a wedge between immigrant families and mainstream society. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]