The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 13: Families in Germany
Families in Germany
Due to its location in the center of Europe, Germany has always been a country in which various influences have come together, and its institutions have always been culturally diverse. Shifting boundaries, because of various wars during the centuries, have led to quite different populations living in German society and have helped to shape its social structure. In addition, a considerable amount of migration occurred after World War II. After the Second World War alone, 12.5 million refugees of German nationality from Eastern Europe and from former German territories entered Germany. With about 3.6 million inhabitants moving from East to West Germany, one out of every four inhabitants of West Germany was a refugee or an expellee (Rudolph, ...