Downward integration of the third generation in the Turkish community in a small German town: a case study in Goslar

Güllüpınar, Fuat
The study examines the recent transformations of integration policies and citizenship laws in Germany with a special focus on the experience of the children of Turkish immigrants in Goslar, a small town. By following ―civic stratification thesis, it argues that the conditions and restrictions differentiated by different migrant categories and rights regarding entry, family reunification, welfare benefits, and labor market access go along with a particular legal status of those admitted migrants create hierarchy of stratified rights. Thus, this work suggests that the nature of the citizenship in Germany remains deeply `differentiated`, `exclusive` and `hierarchical`. It argues that the children of Turkish immigrants have experienced downward integration and their upward integration is yet limited in Goslar/Germany regarding labor market and education. The results of the field study in Goslar had shown that more than group characteristics like social and cultural capital, structural and institutional factors (laws, government policy, citizenship regime and context of reception of Germany) could have a decisive role in promoting or hampering the educational and labor market integration and social mobility of young immigrants and the native-born second and third generation. In this context, the youth also seem to continue the celebration of ancestral origins of their religion and ethnicity, though in symbolic but reactionary ways. Regarding this study, the question for third or the next generation is not whether integration will take place, but to what extent and to what segment of German society will integrate them. In other words, for children of Turkish immigrants, the question is no longer whether to stay or return but how to secure permanent spaces for their intercultural skills and identities.


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Citation Formats
F. Güllüpınar, “ Downward integration of the third generation in the Turkish community in a small German town: a case study in Goslar,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.