Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Beverly Weber

Second Advisor

Lauren Stone

Third Advisor

Adrian Chin

Abstract

The 2013 federal elections marked the first time the Turkish-German community reached proportional representation in the Bundestag, the German parliament. Less than two years later, the “refugee crisis” was well underway, quickly becoming the most pressing political issue of the era and challenging long-standing federal integration policies and structures. The concurrence of these two events provides an interesting case-study in an emergent body of scholarship concerning the engagement of immigrant-origin parliamentarians with issues of national immigration and integration policies. The disparate levels of involvement of the eleven Turkish-German members of parliament in legislation concerning the refugee migrations of 2014-2016 present a nuanced portrait of their political positions on integration and immigration. The legislative activity of Turkish-German representatives surrounding the refugee “crisis” offers evidence that party affiliation and individual policy interests play a greater role in shaping policy activity than ethnic identity.

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