Immigration and naturalization policies in Germany: changing the way we examine the development of Turkish immigrants Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Denison, Randall Charles
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Turkish immigrants, residing in Germany, claim that the development of immigration and naturalization policies in conjunction with violent acts made by extremists is valid evidence that German nationals are motivated by racial prejudice. Consequently, they assert that individuals descending from Turkish ancestry are coerced to fully integrate into the national culture and transform themselves into ideal Germans. The study of ethnocentric intolerance in Germany is not a new issue in political science, but rather a long-term commitment to investigating and understanding the nature of social relations in the German Federal Republic. The conventional wisdom argues that the arrival and subsequent entrenchment of Turkish immigrants produced concern for economic competitiveness among German nationals. Under the belief that Turkish immigrants would easily obtain employment at lower wages and that they would request social assistance from the state, Germans would become increasingly intolerant and discriminatory towards all ethnic minorities, most especially Turks. I contend that the conventional wisdom fails to provide a sufficient causal explanation for the occurrence of ethnocentric intolerance. I find that while self-interest influences social relations, the relationship between Turks and Germans is not simply predicated on a conflict of economic interests. I also contend that a sufficient causal explanation for German-Turkish relations must take into consideration at least four variables: national identity, technocratic institutions, racial prejudice, and self-interest.
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  • Searing, Donald
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2013

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