Not a Country of Immigration: Germany

Christian Joppke

in Immigration and the Nation-State

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295402
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599576 | DOI:
Not a Country of Immigration: Germany

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This chapter investigates the reasons why immigration to Germany continued after the 1973 ban on recruiting guest workers, despite official declarations that Germany was ‘not a country of immigration’. First, judicial decisions supported the right of migrant workers to stay. This was accentuated by further judicial support for family reunification on humanitarian grounds, which was confirmed by legislation in 1990. Finally, the legacy of Nazi‐era guilt has operated to confirm a liberal interpretation of asylum law, which has made Germany the world's major asylum‐granting country.

Keywords: asylum; Germany; guest workers; immigration

Chapter.  15095 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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