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From Postnational Membership to Citizenship: Germany

Christian Joppke

in Immigration and the Nation-State

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295402
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295405.003.0006
 From Postnational Membership to Citizenship: Germany

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Analysis of German immigration policy shows the limits to which immigrants can be assimilated without granting them citizenship. Non‐citizen status becomes especially problematic for second‐ and third‐generation immigrants. This chapter examines the problems of integrating Turkish guest workers, whose situation and status is becoming increasingly relevant as European integration proceeds. The widely held assumption, that Islamization was mostly a phenomenon limited to the first‐generation immigrants, has proved to be mistaken, and the outcome of a clear trend towards nationalist and religious retrenchment among the third‐generation immigrants remains worryingly problematic.

Keywords: Germany; guest workers; immigration; Islamization

Chapter.  15341 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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