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Germany: Normalised Immigration Politics?
Germany: Normalised immigration politics?

Between 1988 and 1992 more than 4 million people moved to the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) at a time when the Federal Republic was undergoing momentous changes linked with the end of the Cold War and reunification with the ex-East Germany. During the 1990s, Germany's foreign population rose from 4 million to 7.3 million. By 1999 14 per cent of Germany's population had not been born in Germany. Yet, in formal terms, Germany remained kein Einwanderungsland (not an immigration country). Even with an international migration profile more akin to the USA, this self-understanding was central to the politics of migration in Germany. This chapter examines the implications of what Thomas ...

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