Language as an indicator of integration in educational attainment and political participation of immigrants in Germany and the United States Public Deposited

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  • Drake, Anna-Marie Darlene
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Advanced countries are continually grappling with the necessity of integration and the best practices for advancing minority groups within its borders. Germany and the United States are amongst these seeking to accommodate large groups of labor immigrants from foreign countries. Several factors facilitate the integration of these minority groups, especially important is language acquisition. In 2000, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tested 15 year old students around the world and one of the major revelations was the discrepancy between native speakers and non-native speakers, especially in Germany and the United States. This essay will explore the importance of language in integration by comparing two example countries with vastly different citizenship laws, based on the premises of jus sanguinis or jus soli, and the role language plays in two different intermediaries of integration, education and political participation, within these citizenship frameworks.
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