Emigration of German citizens
The number of German citizens moving away from Germany has nearly tripled over the last three decades. While in the 1970s there was an annual average of some 50,000 Germans moving away from then West-Germany, this figure continuously went up in the years to follow. It reached its all-time high in 2008 with some 175,000 recorded movements from unified Germany,
Focus and outline of this policy brief
This policy brief is related to the above outlined developments. It analyzes aspects of concern of German citizens living abroad with regard to their security and well-being. The article has the following structure:
The first part deals with estimates concerning the number of Germans living abroad. Then, the term "expatriate" or "expat" is defined. This is followed by an exemplary look at characteristics of German expats in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (hereafter, Hong Kong) and Thailand as well as at their concerns and needs. In this context, the concept of human security is introduced which provides a useful framework to discuss the concerns and needs of Germans abroad. The final section tries to shortly answer the question why the German government should deal with the concerns of German citizens living 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
This text is part of the policy brief on Interner Link: "Germans Abroad".