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Immigration and the Nation-StateThe United States, Germany, and Great Britain$
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Christian Joppke

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295405.001.0001

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Not a Country of Immigration: Germany

Not a Country of Immigration: Germany

(p.62) 3 Not a Country of Immigration: Germany
Immigration and the Nation-State

Christian Joppke

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This chapter investigates the reasons why immigration to Germany continued after the 1973 ban on recruiting guest workers, despite official declarations that Germany was ‘not a country of immigration’. First, judicial decisions supported the right of migrant workers to stay. This was accentuated by further judicial support for family reunification on humanitarian grounds, which was confirmed by legislation in 1990. Finally, the legacy of Nazi‐era guilt has operated to confirm a liberal interpretation of asylum law, which has made Germany the world's major asylum‐granting country.

Keywords:   asylum, Germany, guest workers, immigration

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