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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 …

Welcoming Communities, Embracing Diversity – A Transatlantic Motto

Dallas, TX, Fayetteville, AR, and Nuremberg, Germany all have something in common: They have been developing a plan to welcome newcomers in their midst. What drives these initiatives? Economic growth …

Beverly Crawford, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Beverly Crawford as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-April to mid-June 2019. Beverly Crawford is Professor emerita of Political Science and Political Economy at the University …

The Growing Immigration Divide: As Germany Leads, Can the U.S. Follow?

The United States emerged this winter from the longest federal shutdown in history. At the center of the standoff, was immigration. From the administration’s promise of border wall funding to …

The Dealer’s Cards:  How Gary Sternberg Has Made the Best of Them

Gary’s father, Hermann, was born on September 2, 1893, in Wetzlar an der Lahn. Gary’s mother, Auguste, was born on November 24, 1894, in Lengoven, in present-day Poland.  Hermann and …

Trump’s Ambassador in Berlin Will Push to Decriminalize Homosexuality Worldwide. Surprised? Here’s Why.

In February 2019, U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell announced that the U.S. would push to decriminalize homosexuality globally. Sexual relations between two people of the same sex is criminalized …

Episode 07: Muslim Women’s Experiences in Germany and the U.S.

Muslims have lived in Germany in significant numbers for decades; in 1961 the Federal Republic concluded an agreement with Turkey that would ultimately bring nearly a million Turkish workers to …

Muslim Women in Germany and the United States

Common and Complex Challenges Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and experts from Germany and the United States, this workshop held on February 20, 2019, focused on the economic …