WHO DESERVES TO JOIN THE CLUB? — IMMIGRATION POLICIES IN GERMANY AND THE U.S.

Project Info

Project Description

Pictures of the migration crisis in Europe, and in particular in Germany, are making headlines all around the world. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic debate how their governments should deal with migration.

While some fear severe cultural clashes and propose stricter border controls, others highlight the dire need of foreign labor to cope with the aging population, point to the moral obligations of western countries, or stress the American history of immigration. Its controversial and emotionally charged nature will likely make migration one of the main campaign issues in the upcoming elections in both the US and Germany.

This panel will discuss ‘who deserves to join the club’, how such decisions affect economic outcomes and what political leaders need to do to address anxieties created by immigration.