Projekt Migration

AuthorMarion von Osten and Kathrin Rhomberg (eds.)
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Without migration Germany and Europe would not exist in their historical and current form. It is not only since the 19th century that people have moved from different regions to the growing cities and industrial areas. Labor and commuter migrants were already coming to Germany before this nation-state even existed. Migration processes are part of the European experience and the history of nation-states. The extent to which migration has influenced society and played a constitutive role in the history of Germany and the process of Europeanization is hardly rooted in the consciousness of the public. Due to the policies of labor force recruitment promoted in the Federal Republic of Germany in the post-war era and the contract labor regulations of the German Democratic Republic, over five million people with complex migration experiences live in Germany today. They have had a substantial impact on German history, economics and everyday culture. The fall of the wall brought about new patterns of movement and residency, which have taken on a global dimension since 1989 and opened up new perspectives, discourses and lines of conflict.

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