Integration debate

How we receive refugees has much to do with the question of how we ourselves want to live | Photo: © stockWERK/Fotolia

Hospitality – “A question about how we want to live”

The idea of seeing refugees as victims or invaders strongly influences discourse in Germany. The social scientist Heidrun Friese has researched the phenomenon.More ...
Islamic Studies professor Mona Siddiqui (photo: private)

How do you welcome someone? – Mona Siddiqui on Brexit, Muslims and the migrant issue

Teile Europas sehen in den neuen Migranten eine Gefahr für seine säkulare und liberale Identität. Die britisch-pakistanische Islamwissenschaftlerin Mona Siddiqui von der Universität Edinburgh hält den Kontinent dennoch für genügend gefestigt, um der zunehmenden islamfeindlichen Rhetorik Paroli zu bieten. Mit ihr sprach Claudia Mende.More ...
A feeling of belonging in an ever more complex world | Photo (detail): © oneinchpunch - Fotolia.com

The 2016 Sinus Youth Study
Diversity is part of life

Every four years the Sinus Youth Study examines what makes young people tick in Germany. In this interview co-publisher, Silke Borgstedt, talks about a generation between pragmatism, openness and the desire to belonging.More ...
A good command of language facilitates workplace integration. | Photo: © fotolia / industrieblick

Integration in the labour market – Responses from employers and employees

What level of language proficiency do foreign workers really need? What expectations do they have, and what expectations do the companies at which they work have, when it comes to their career opportunities? A survey in Germany, Italy and Portugal offers some interesting insights into the needs and attitudes of migrant workers.More ...
Quo vadis European Union? Brussels often appears very far away to many people. | Photo (detail): © Fotolia

The future of Europe – “We must not lose our democratic framework”

Europe needs to reinvent itself, says Jana Puglierin, programme director at the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies. In our interview, she talks about how loud Germany’s voice in Europe should be and whether Brexit could result in the demise of the EU.More ...
Karachi, Photo: Tentative Collective

The city as an engine of tolerance

Major cities are cultural contact zones and transit spaces, places of uncertainty and the foreign. The dynamism of change arising from this constitutes the essence of urbanity and is what lends metropolises their stability and attractiveness in the first place.More ...

Swing to the right in politics – “The end of a common Europe”

What happens when the right-wing populists in the European Union become even stronger? Alexander Häusler, a social scientist at the University of Düsseldorf who studies extremism, talks about the reasons for the drift to the right, its consequences and possible counter-strategies against it.More ...
Peter Cachola Schmal, Photo: Kirsten Bucher

Making Heimat – resettling in a new country

The German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt will be representing Germany at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Its director Peter Cachola Schmal is addressing a hotly debated theme.More ...
What is the basis for German society? This is what the debate about a Leitkultur is all about.; © lassedesignen/Fotolia

The integration debate and the Leitkultur renaissance

The Leitkultur debate is back, its renaissance boosted by the sharp rise in refugee numbers. What is new this time is that the discussion is more objective and is being pursued less doggedly.More ...
Annette Treibel; © Campus-Verlag

Germany and Immigration – “Integration courses for all”

The sociologist Annette Treibel, author of the book “Integriert Euch!” (i.e. Integrate Yourselves!), believes that Germans and immigrants are equally responsible for ensuring that they live together in harmony.More ...
After shaky first steps, practice helps the youngsters gain self-confidence (Photo: Enis Yücel)

In the Refugee Camp, in Istanbul: Art is Everywhere

How does the Goethe-Institut in Istanbul work with millions of Syrians are fleeing from war and violence in their homeland? We spoke with the director of the institute, Christian Lüffe.More ...
The Sea Watch underway; © Sea-Watch

Private aid for refugees – under the banner of humanity

A group of men and women from Brandenburg refused to watch idly as people die in the Mediterranean. With their ship Sea-Watch, the helpers rescue refugees from the deadly trap.More ...
Immigration | © cevahir87 – Fotolia.com

Europe On The Move – And In Transition

Since the crisis of 2009 thousands of Spaniards, Greeks and Italians left their home countries. How have people and politics in Germany reacted to these immigrants? Find out in the following four statements.More ...
Kiteflying on the Tempelhof airfield; Photo: babewyn@flickr, CC BY 2.0

Do you love Germany? – Study on attitudes in “Post-migrant Germany”

A new study entitled "Post-migrant Germany" set out to investigate attitudes on national identity in Germany. According to the results, these attitudes are ambivalent: people in Germany are open-minded, yet many in mainstream society have major reservations with respect to Muslim immigrants.More ...
Foto: Bernhard Ludewig

DiversMbassy – Diversity as an Opportunity

How can social diversity be of benefit in the workplace? The Goethe-Institut has launched a unique project to answer this question.More ...
Media companies and foundations offer special journalist training programs for immigrants. | © Deutsche Welle

A Distorted Image – journalists from an immigrant background in German Media

For quite some time now cultural diversity has been a feature of German society. Nevertheless most of the time there is no sign of it at all in editorial offices.More ...
Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge in 2012. | Photo: © Oliver Abraham

Philosophy of refugee policy – morally in the Same Boat

Is there any justification for state borders? An interview with Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy and International Relations at Yale University, on borders and refugee policy.More ...
“Land in Sicht” (i.e., Land in Sight) (2013), by Antje Kruska and Judith Keil – intercultural misunderstandings, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, © Basis Filmverleih

Refugees Welcome – german documentary films about asylum and refugees

Several politically committed films take a nuanced look at those people for whom the flight into the unknown is often the only alternative to marginalization, violence or death in their own homelands.More ...
The Circumcision of Jesus, detail; Guido Reni about 1635-1640, photo: public domain

Circumcision, Judges and the Law. An interview with Ilhan Ilkiliç

In June 2012 the Cologne District Court judged the circumcision of boys to be a form of bodily harm. Meanwhile the Bundestag has passed a law on circumcision.More ...
Dr. Holger Kolb (Photo: Dr. Holger Kolb)

“You can’t wall people in” – An interview with Dr. Holger Kolb

The trend to emigration from Germany of the past decade continues. About its motives we can only speculate.More ...
The association “Typisch Deutsch” isn’t split along the lines of Germans and immigrants. Photo: © Typisch Deutsch e. V.

We are the new Germans

Their parents come from Turkey, Ghana or Korea and they are not fans of being labeled as people with “immigrant backgrounds”. The members of “Typisch Deutsch” (lit. typically German) prefer to be called “new Germans” and are out to redefine what it is to be German.More ...
Mouhanad Khorchide; Photo: Peter Grewer, © Ernst-Klett-Verlag | Professor Manfred Brocker; Photo: private

Sharia in western democracies – two interviews

The political scientist Manfred Brocker and Mouhanad Khorchide, professor of Islamic religious education discuss Sharia and its interpretation in western democracies.More ...
Dr. Naika Foroutan; © privat

“Young Moslems wish to play their part in shaping Germany”. An Interview with Naika Foroutan

A new study is shedding light on the worlds in which young Moslems in Germany live. Goethe.de talked to Naika Foroutan.More ...
Angela Kühner; Photo: private

Immigration Is Changing the Memory of the Holocaust – An Interview with Angela Kühner

Immigration has brought with it very different ways of viewing the crimes of the Nazis – a challenge for teachers and pupils.More ...
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