Unity in Diversity: Integration in a Post-Migrant Society

Germany has become a country of immigration. This fact is reflected by the heterogeneous population as well as social negotiation processes with regard to affiliations, national identities, participation and equality of opportunity. For a long time, the term "integration" was primarily linked to the idea of an established core or host society into which migrants and their descendants had to integrate themselves. Accordingly, elements in the population without migration backgrounds who cannot cope with the new, diverse society were lost out of sight. How do we want to and how can we live together in a society characterized by diversity? A search for answers.

Grundschule in Berlin-Neukölln

Naika Foroutan


The heterogeneous society in the immigration country Germany is characterized by negotiation processes. Affiliations, national identity and participation are renegotiated and adjusted. This process is accompanied by social tensions and raises the question how social coherence can be guaranteed against the backdrop of increasing diversity. Weiter...

Klingelschilder in Köln

Naika Foroutan

Post-Migrant Society

Germany has become a country of immigration - not only empirically but also narratively. Its society can be described as "post-migrant". What does this mean? Weiter...

Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily stellt in einer Pressekonferenz zum Zuwanderungsgesetz im Dezember 2002 eine Broschüre seines Ministeriums zum Thema vor

Naika Foroutan

Paradigm Shift

Since the 1970s, integration has been primarily regarded as something concerning "foreigners", "migrants" or "people with a migration background" and their involvement in German society. Established barriers and closure processes on the part of mainstream society were not addressed in an adequate manner. It is only slowly that the term integration is expanded into society as a whole. Weiter...

Demonstranten gegen den Nationalen Integrationsplan vor dem Kanzleramt

Naika Foroutan

Do We Still Need the Concept of Integration?

In general, the term integration is understood as referring primarily to people with migration backgrounds and their involvement in German society. That is why it is a highly contested term. Do we still need it then? Weiter...

Begegnungszentrum der Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Naika Foroutan

Integration as a Metanarrative

Integration is a contested term. So far, attempts to replace it by another term were not successful. Instead, it should no longer be reduced to migrants and their descendants but should be expanded into society as a whole. Weiter...

Wie steht es um die Anerkennung von Heterogenität als deutsche Normalität?

Naika Foroutan

Need for a New Concept to Describe Germany's Transformation into a Country of Immigration

Germany's society can be described post-migrant: Affiliations, national identities, participation and equality are being renegotiated and adjusted against the backdrop of increasing diversity. Unlike in the United States or Canada, however, a guiding principle of a new national narrative has not yet been established. Weiter...

Naika Foroutan


Here you can find the glossary for Naika Foroutan's policy brief "Unity in Diversity: Integration in a Post-Migrant Society". Weiter...




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Zahlen zu Asyl in Deutschland

Wie viele Menschen suchen in Deutschland Asyl? Woher kommen sie? Wie viele Asylanträge sind erfolgreich? Und wie viele Menschen werden abgeschoben? Wir stellen die wichtigsten Zahlen zum Thema Asyl und Flucht monatlich aktualisiert in einfachen Infografiken dar. Weiter...