Current Immigration and Integration Debates in Germany and the United States - What We Can Learn from Each Other

by Spencer P. Boyer and Victoria Pardini

Over the past few years there has been an evolving discourse over the intersection of immigration, integration, and culture in both Europe and the United States. Similarities and differences between the United States and Germany in the immigration and integration realms are particularly instructive as both countries grapple with extremely diverse populations; heated policy debates about pathways to citizenship; establishing legal frameworks that acknowledge the need for more global talent; and creating more welcoming environments for newcomers. How these debates develop over the next year will impact how successful the United States and Germany will be in managing diversity and positioning themselves for 21st century success as increasingly multicultural societies. In this new report, Spencer Boyer and Victoria Pardini offer several ideas the United States and Germany can learn from each other’s political and policy approaches.
The publishing of this report was sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, together with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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