Political Economy of Immigration in Germany: Attitudes and Citizenship Aspiration
Published on July 23, 2009 in Journal articles
Political Economy of Immigration in Germany: Attitudes and Citizenship Aspiration, International Migration Review, Vol. 43, No. 2, (Summer 2009), 263–291. (also IZA DP 3140; 2007)
This paper examines resident foreigners’ interest in German citizenship. We use a unique data set from a survey of foreign residents in the German states to study the roles played by factors such as attitudes towards foreigners and political interest of foreigners. We find that negative attitudes towards foreigners and generational conflict within foreigner families are significant negative factors. While interest in political participation is among the important positive factors, hostile attitudes, lack of voting rights, or uncertainty about staying in Germany mainly discourage foreigners who actively participate in the labor market, have more years of schooling, and are younger.
Also IZA Discussion Paper 3140 2007