Policy Briefs

Policy briefs offer facts and analysis on issues of immigration, integration and refugee flows, presented in a clear and accessible style. Each policy brief provides an introduction to a key theme, combining background analysis with a critical appraisal of different perspectives on the issues. In addition, the briefs contain tips for further reading and internet links, offering readers the chance to gain more indepth knowledge on a particular issue. Up to six new policy briefs are published annually.

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Mexikanische Studentin an einer US-Universität: Gebiete mit einer hohen Konzentration von Migrantinnen und Migranten schneiden auf Innovationsindizes tendenziell besser ab, beispielsweise durch eine höhere Zahl an Patenten, die in diesen Gebieten angemeldet wird.

Michaella Vanore

Diasporas as catalysts for Development

The global movement of ideas and people, and the growth of technologies that can foster their exchange, has contributed to a growing body of migrants with enduring connections to multiple countries. The knowledge, skills, values, and resources that migrants have at their disposal can make them strategic contributors to development processes in different countries and across dimensions of development.

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Ein Mitarbeiter der IOM wartet am Strand von Aceh, Indonesien auf ein Flüchtlingsboot aus Sri Lanka.

Geiger, Akram, Hanewinkel, Loescher

Actors in National and International (Flight)Migration Regimes

On the national, European and international level there are several actors involved in the management of migration flows or equipped with a mandate to protect people fleeing persecution. This dossier presents some of the central players in (inter)national (flight)migration regimes.

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Ein Teilnehmer einer bundesweiten Demonstration für die Interessen von Flüchtlingen hält am 28.02.2015 auf dem Theaterplatz in Dresden (Sachsen) eine Weltkugel mit der Aufschrift "Solidarität" hoch

Marcus Engler/Jan Schneider

German Asylum Policy and EU Refugee Protection: The Prospects of CEAS

In 2014, there were approximately 52 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide. Against this backdrop, Germany has recently registered rising numbers of asylum claims and refuge and asylum have once again become the subject of constant debate in domestic politics. German asylum policies are framed by international refugee law and common European regulations and therefore have to be analyzed in this context. An overview.

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

Naika Foroutan

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.

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Landgut auf Mallorca

Karen O'Reilly

Lifestyle Migration

The concept of lifestyle migration describes the movement of relatively affluent individuals to places that offer, either in the imagination or materially, the possibility for self-realization and the pursuit of a better quality of life. This short dossier looks at different forms of lifestyle migration, the wider factors that shape it, and some of its longer-term impacts.

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Wahllokal in Redditch/Großbritannien: In Großbritannien können auch ausländische Staatsangehörige aus bestimmten Drittstaaten an Kommunalwahlen teilnehmen.

Kees Groenendijk

Voting rights and political participation of non-national immigrants

In Germany, there is an ongoing discussion about the granting of local voting rights to non-EU nationals. So far, only EU nationals are allowed to cast their ballot in local elections. Many other EU Member States have already granted voting rights to third country nationals as well. Which Member States have done so and under which conditions? Which arguments do supporters and opponents use in favor or against the granting of voting rights to foreign nationals? This policy brief seeks answers.

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Zwei Grenzkontrolleure laufen entlang der Begrenzung zwischen Polen und Weißrussland.

Mechthild Baumann

Frontex and the EU Border Regime

Using modern technology and in cooperation with neighboring states the European Union tries to secure its external borders in an attempt to deter both criminal activity and illegal migration. Central actor is the border management agency Frontex. Who or what is Frontex? And what exactly does Frontex do? These are some of the questions the policy brief seeks to shed light on. At the same time it provides an overview of the development and central elements of the European border regime.

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Ein neugeborenes Mädchen liegt am 2. Januar 2007 im Auguste-Victoria-Klinikum in Berlin in ihrem Bett.

Frank Swiaczny

Demographic Change and Migration in Europe

All European countries will be facing similar demographic conditions in the near future: many countries are facing a negative natural population balance in the long term, that is, a population decline as a result of a deficit of births. Internal and international migration flows have an impact on the population in terms of its size and structure. The policy brief analyzes the interrelation of demographic change and migration in Europe.

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Pendler an einem Bahnhof in Mumbai, Indien.

Jochen Oltmer

Global Migration in the Future

Migration has been a central element in the adaptation of human beings to environmental conditions as well as to societal, economic and political challenges. Mobility of people changed the world in past centuries: numerous examples show the extent to which labor or settlement migration, flight, displacement or deportation influenced the makeup of the population, the development of labor markets or cultural and religious orientations.

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Dr. Thorsten Nieberg

Germans Abroad

The article draws on this author’s research on German expats in Hong Kong and Thailand. Both locales, Hong Kong and Thailand, are part of a wider geopolitical unit known as the Asia-Pacific which has evolved to become one of the world’s currently most-attractive regions because of its increasing economic importance.

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Niederlassung des Türkischen Bundes in Berlin-Brandenburg

Ludger Pries

Migrant Organizations: Size, Structures, and Significance

People with similar conceptions of life or shared interests organize themselves in various ways into associations. This is also true of migrants who form organizations because of their common cultural, political, economic or social interests and values.

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Mann mit Handy an einem Fenster zwischen Satellitenschirmen in Bukarest

Policy Brief 20

Does the Crisis Make People Move?

This policy brief looks at the internal migration in the European Union (EU). Special emphasis is placed on the development of internal European mobility and migration movements after both the EU expansions in 2004 and 2007 in light of the global economic and European sovereign debt crises. The individual articles give priority to the mobility of EU citizens that take advantage of the right to freedom of movement within EU borders.

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Marktstand mit Vermietungsanzeigen

Bettina Gransow

Internal Migration in China – Opportunity or Trap?

Since the 1980s, migration within China has increased considerably along with the economic upturn. It now represents a third of all internal migration worldwide. Foreign direct investment and the export orientation of China’s economy, a building boom and the revival of the service sector were among the factors that led to the creation of a great many new jobs in the large conurbations along the east coast of China.

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Apotheker der Apotheke am Südstern, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Policy Brief 18

Procedures for the Assessment of Qualifications Acquired Abroad in Transition

Although Germany can look back on a long history of immigration, the subject of the accreditation of qualifications that have been acquired abroad has been given increasing attention only in roughly the last five years. The issue is becoming volatile because of demographic changes which will in the future only increase the shortage of skilled workers already noticeable in Germany and other European countries. According to the calculations of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, in 2011 there was already a shortage of over 158,000 highly qualified workers.

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Straßenszene in Izmir

Vera Hanewinkel

The Emigration of Highly Qualified German Citizens of Turkish Descent to Turkey

The fall of 2011 was marked by the 50th anniversary of the agreement on the recruitment of Turkish workers by the Federal Republic of Germany. The study focused in this connection on the migratory movements from Turkey to Germany which began with the signing of the recruitment agreement on 1961 and continued even after the recruitment stop in 1973. Considerably less attention has been paid, on the other hand, to the migration which has taken place in the opposite direction. Currently, more people are in fact migrating from Germany to Turkey than the other way around.

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Islamischer Religionsunterricht an einer Schule in Stuttgart.

Policy Brief 16

Integration in plain figures? Approaches to integration monitoring in Germany

The past decade was characterised in Germany by profound political, legislative and institutional changes with regard to integration policy. In this context, the question increasingly arises as to whether and how to determine the successes and failures of Germany´s integration policy. The development of so-called "integration monitoring" that has experienced a boom in Germany in recent years, represents such an attempt. It records the current state and changes in immigrant integration by means of regularly collated statistical parameters (indicators).

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Länderprofile Migration: Daten - Geschichte - Politik

Ein Länderprofil enthält Informationen über Zuwanderung, Flucht und Asyl sowie Integration in einem bestimmten Land. Diese Informationen bestehen aus: Daten und Statistiken, Geschichtlichen Entwicklungen, Rechtlichen und politischen Maßnahmen, Aktuellen Debatten in den Ländern.

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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.

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