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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Immigration and integration: What can Britain and Germany learn from each other?

Join IPPR and FES for a seminar on what Britain and Germany can learn from each other on the issue of migrant integration.

Immigration has become the top political issue in both of Europe’s two biggest economies. Neither Britain nor Germany is new to migration, having welcomed new arrivals for over sixty years. But numbers are now at historic highs.

The debate in both countries has tended recently to focus on how to stop further arrivals. But even if new arrivals can be controlled, high number of migrants in the overall population is now a fact of life. We urgently need a longer-term approach, that promotes integration and balances the concerns of the resident population.

This seminar will reflect on what the two countries can learn from each other on migrant integration. Germany now has a large refugee population to integrate, and Britain has a long history of settling refugees. Around ten years ago the SPD-Green government not only recognized Germany as a country of immigration for the first time, but introduced integration legislation to give migrant a path to citizenship. Yet today, hostility to migration is high in both countries.

The seminar will explore the following problems:

  • What can Britain and Germany learn from each other on integrating migrants?
  • ­How much have policies such as citizenship policy or refugee distribution been used to promote migration?
  • What is the role for progressives, inside and outside government, to shape the narrative and address public concerns on migration?

Speakers will include:

  • Rt Hon. Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Labour MP for Barking, former minister and former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
  • Gülistan Yüksel MP, SPD Spokesperson on migration and integration in the German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel - Professor for Political Science with a focus on migration, integration and refugee policies at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Register now using the booking form below.

This event is in partnership with Friedric-Ebert-Stiftung