External Publications

Nov 20, 2023

The Political Economy of Migration Policies in Germany

Clear Goals, Stony Path, Uncomfortable Realities
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Germany’s migration policies are an outlier in Europe. In contrast to many of its neighbours, the country has been trying to open itself up for more migration in recent years, especially to labour migrants to help fuel the country’s economy.


This policy brief gives an overview of data about regular and irregular migration to Germany and breaks down the so-called paradigm shift on migration that has been driving migration policies since 2021. It highlights inefficient administrative processes and recommends the government address uncomfortable realities and move from creating new laws to creating better conditions to implement them.

You can read the complete version here.




Bibliographic data

Rietig, Victoria. “The Political Economy of Migration Policies in Germany.” November 2023.

This is an abridged version of a Policy Brief first published by FEPS in November 2023. The complete version can be found there.

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