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Germany has thoroughly become Europe’s “place to go”, regarding the increasing labor migration flows from other EU countries, but also in terms of the refugee crisis in 2015 (and beyond) that led to intensive discussions on the “welcoming” policy of the government. Accompanied by changing attitudes towards Angela Merkel’s crisis management – such as endorsement and rejection, confidence and apprehension as well as appreciation and hostility – Germany has become polarized in the meantime. As a consequence, there is an overall debate about migration policy, and immigration in particular, that calls for an overall concept. Therefore, this essay aims to outline crucial points of Germany’s immigration policy by giving chronological context and recommendations on a revised immigration law. What has to change and why? Who are the proponents/opponents and what are their motives?

Download the full-text article here: Carsten Spandau – German Immigration Policy

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