Migration and Integration in Germany and the United States

Success, Failure or Work In Progress?

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 has been little public examination of the progress and challenges since then. Our conference aims to deepen understanding of migration-related developments in Germany since 2015 and to compare the current integration successes and challenges in Germany and the United States. By bringing together scholars and experts from both countries, we also seek to strengthen linkages between the policy communities that work on migration with those who focus on transatlantic relations. And by incorporating young leaders who come from migrant communities in both countries, we will foster transatlantic instincts that will be important for many years to come.

  • 8:30 – 8:45 am
    Registration and Light Breakfast
  • 8:45 – 8:50 am
    Welcome and Introduction
    Jeffrey Rathke, President, AICGS
  • 8:50 – 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
  • 9:30 – 11:00 am
    Integration Successes and Challenges in Germany and the U.S.
    Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heckmann, Europäisches Forum für Migrationsstudien, Universität Bamberg
    Serap Güler, State Secretary for Integration, Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration, North-Rhine Westphalia
    Fayrouz Saad, Executive Director, Office of Global Michigan
    Moderator: Nahal Toosi, Politico
  • 11:00 – 11:15 am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
    Integration in Practice: Workforce and Society
    Dr. Yuliya Kosyakova, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
    Kasra Movahedi, Director, Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), International Rescue Committee
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm
    Lunch and Keynote Address
    Markus Kerber, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
  • 1:45 – 3:15 pm
    Integration Experiences
    Featuring AICGS Diversity Leadership Program Participants
    Moderator: Maritza Perez Esq., Senior Policy Analyst for Criminal Justice Reform, Center for American Progress
  • 3:15 – 3:30 pm

October 17, 2019, 8:45 am - 3:30 pm