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

Aug 05, 2013

Former Public Policy Scholar Spencer P. Boyer compares immigration and integration debates in Germany and the United States in a policy paper co-authored with Victoria Pardini. Both countries grapple with extremely diverse populations, heated debates about pathways to citizenship, establishing legal frameworks that acknowledge the need for more global talent, and creating more welcoming conditions for newcomers.  According to Boyer, “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." Boyer underscores that the US and the EU could learn a great deal from one another in their approaches to immigration. 

The full text of the policy paper, published by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, can be found here.

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