When Thilo Sarrazin published his book Deutschland schafft sich ab (“Germany abolishes itself”) in 2010, he reanimated the immigration debate he had begun one year earlier. The former social-democratic Senator of Finances of Berlin slurred Turkish and Arab immigrants in the book, saying they “produced only headscarf girls”. He also said that Muslim immigrants caused... Continue Reading
Marcel Berlinghoff studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Barcelona (UAB). His Master’s thesis about the socio-political repercussions of migration to Germany around German Reunification was awarded with the Hans-Jäckh-Prize. He is currently writing his PhD-thesis on Europeanization of migration policy in the late 1960s and early 1970s for which he held scholarships of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the German Historical Institute in Paris and the Centre for Comparative European Studies, Cologne. His research interests are Global Migration, Collective Identities and Transnational History. Latest article: Der deutsche Anwerbestopp in seinem europäischen Kontext, in: Dahlmann; Schulte Beerbühl (Eds.): Perspektiven in der Fremde? Arbeitsmarkt und Migration von der Frühen Neuzeit bis in die Gegenwart. Essen 2011, S. 407-428.