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 ]

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2013

Many have viewed the German rapper Bushido as an example of successful integration. Recent revelations about ties to an organized crime group in Berlin, however, have muddied the picture and reinforced widespread stereotypes. By Georg Diez, Wiebke Hollersen and Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

SPD CandidateáBacks Muslim-Friendly Gym Class

SPD CandidateáBacks Muslim-Friendly Gym Class

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2013

When it comes to the integration of Germany's Muslim minority, the center-left Social Democrats tend to be much less hard-line than Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. But on Wednesday evening, SPD chancellor candidate Peer SteinbrŘck may have gone a step too far when he waded into what in the past has been a hornet's nest of controversy in Germany. He expressed support for physical education classes in German schools to be divided by gender. By Charles Hawley more...

Defying Racial Profiling in Germany: 'I Didn't Want to Be Treated Differently Any Longer'

Defying Racial Profiling in Germany: 'I Didn't Want to Be Treated Differently Any Longer'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2012

He was born in Germany, and he is black. A 26-year-old student who won a landmark court case against police for racial profiling this week speaks with SPIEGEL ONLINE about his moment of civil disobedience and whether he thinks the legal victory will change things for others like him. more...

Racial Profiling in Germany: CourtáRules AgainstáPolice Checks Based on Skin Color

Racial Profiling in Germany: CourtáRules AgainstáPolice Checks Based on Skin Color

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2012

Skin color alone is insufficient grounds for a police spot check, a German court has ruled. Human rights activists have welcomed the decision, which overturns a previous ruling in the case, but police representatives are critical, stating it doesn't adequately address the challenges faced by law enforcement. more...

Book Excerpt from 'We New Germans': My Home, No Home

Book Excerpt from 'We New Germans': My Home, No Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2012

As children of immigrants, many second-generation Germans have trouble feeling at home in the country. When they travel to the countries of their parents' origin, they may have an understanding of the culture, but they still feel alien. In a modern, globalized world, is the idea of calling a place "home" even fitting? It's time for a new approach. more...

The New Germans: Immigrant Children's Complicated Search for Identity

The New Germans: Immigrant Children's Complicated Search for Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2012

One thing unites Khuŕ Pham, Ízlem Topšu and Alice Bota: They are German citizens and the children of migrants in a country that has long struggled to define its relationship with foreigners. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, they describe the alienation of being first-generation Germans, but also their new role as their home becomes more cosmopolitan. By Daryl Lindsey more... Comment ]