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Countering Racism and Anti-Extremism in Germany

On May 20, just days before the United States became engulfed in another serious crisis over the issue of racism and racial violence, the first meeting of the German federal …

Lost in Translation: The Meaning of Sanctuary for Immigrants in the U.S. and Germany

The American concept of “sanctuary cities” for asylum seekers is foreign—and somewhat incomprehensible—to Germans. In the United States, “sanctuary jurisdictions” are relatively few, and they are established to protect immigrants …

“Your Homeland is our Nightmare”: Viable Conservatism Amid Far-Right Terror

In the weeks following political turmoil in eastern German state of Thuringia over unprecedented collaboration between mainstream German parties and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in supporting the Free …

Europe Is Careening toward a Crisis of Its Own Making: Immigration, Coronavirus, and the End of European Values

On February 14, France announced the first coronavirus death in Europe. By the end of the month, cases had spread throughout Europe and spiked in Italy. On March 9, Italian …

AICGS is now accepting applications for its project “Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, dates for the second year of the AICGS project “Social Divisions in Germany and the U.S.” have shifted. The program will now take place …

Immigration and Questions of Identity in Akron, Ohio

Overview of Issues The United States, built on a history of immigration, is no stranger to questions of integration, identity, and social cohesion. It has long grappled with these questions, …

Building Diverse Communities: Toolkits for Global Cities

By 2040, one-third of Germans will have a “migration background.” Around the same time, the United States will become a majority-minority country, with immigration contributing to this demographic change. In …

Migration and Integration in Germany: The First Two Decades of the Twenty-First Century

Migration and integration have become dominant political topics in the United States and Germany. The German experience in 2015-2016 is often cited in the U.S. discourse on migration, but there …

Welcoming Places – Few and Far Between?

These days negative and at times dehumanizing rhetoric aimed at migrants—both legal and undocumented and of varying religious and ethnic make-up—are grabbing headlines around the globe. The trend to ignore …

Merve Schmitz-Vardar, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Merve Schmitz-Vardar as a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from August to October 2019.  Ms. Schmitz-Vardar is a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of …

The Dehumanization of Immigrants and the Rise of the Extreme Right

The ascendance of the far right has jolted both American and European politics. It has undermined liberal democracy in Hungary and Poland, and threatens it throughout Europe. That ascendance depends …

Wunderbar Together in Southwestern USA

In the course of the AICGS project “Integration: Made in Germany” the group travelled through the Southwest region of the United States from March 17 to March 22, 2019. It …

Lies About Migrants

Immigration Policy in a Time of “Post-Truth” Politics In a June 6, 2019 seminar, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Beverly Crawford Ames argued that misinformation, exaggeration, distortion of facts, and fabricated content—all …

Seventy Years as a Country of Immigrants: What’s Next for Germany?

In its seventy-year history, the Federal Republic of Germany has always been a highly desired destination for immigrants, not unlike some of its European neighbors and the United States. This …