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Immigration in Germany

In Germany's upcoming election, the red-green coalition is on the ropes. But it has bequeathed modern citizenship, immigration and asylum laws

By Helen Fessenden   September 2002

The advance of right-wing or populist parties in several European countries has been the political story of 2002 in the EU. How curious, then, that Germany has been marching to a different drummer. Under Gerhard Schr?der’s red-green coalition, there has been neither a crackdown on immigration nor a populist backlash. Instead, since 1999, Berlin has passed a succession of liberal bills that together have modernised naturalisation, asylum, and immigration law. The opposition Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) has made immigration something of an issue in September’s general election, but a conservative victory is unlikely to undo the substance of…

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