Shaping a new society: Immigration, integration, and schooling in Germany

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Germany's immigrant population has dramatically increased since World War II, bringing a new need for immigrant-centered policies and programs. How has Germany responded to the needs of its growing immigrant population? This article provides brief historical highlights of German immigration policy, with a focus on how policies have affected education and academic achievement. Implications of such policies for social work practice are discussed, and recommendations for ways in which social workers can take an active role in fostering integration of immigrant families into German society are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Germany
  • academic achievement
  • immigration
  • school social work
  • social policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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