Current Immigration and Integration Debates in Germany and the United States: What We Can Learn from Each Other
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. While there are notable differences in our immigration histories, legal structures, and social inclusion challenges, there are numerous things the United States and Germany can learn from each other’s political and policy approaches. Similarly, the U.S. and the EU could learn a great deal from each other in their approaches to immigration more broadly.
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