Integration and Adaptation Policy towards Migrants in Germany: Lessons from Unexpected Experiences

Harald Sander, S. Heuchemer

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This chapter reviews the integration experiences and policies in Germany before and after the so-called “refugee crisis’. Chancellor Angela Merkel's famous words ‘wir schaffen das’ (we manage this) have mobilized both policy actions and a massive grassroots engagement. In this context, we discuss the scope, efficiency and impact of German integration and adaptation policies. We review critically how Germany has dealt institutionally with immigration in the past and how it has adjusted its institutional approach to deal with the refugee crisis. Furthermore, in a case study on integration policies in higher education, we highlight the interplay between institutional approaches and grassroots engagement to achieve integration objectives. We argue that to a certain extent, the refugee crisis has acted as a catalyst for Germany to come to terms with its long-denied status as an immigration country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Migrants into the Labour Market in Europe
EditorsS. Przytuła, L. Sułkowski
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83909-904-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-83909-905-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesAdvanced Series in Management

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