On Migration


Wolfgang Bauer

Across the Sea

There is a humanitarian catastrophe happening in front of our eyes: The Syrian civil war continues to claim hundreds of lives. Millions of Syrians are fleeing, some of them risk the transit from Egypt to Europe by boat. Each year, hundreds of people die during this endeavour, making the Mediterranean the most dangerous sea boarder in the world.

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Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

Love at a Distance

Family and love in the times of globalisation: The grandparents in Thessaloniki and their grandchildren in Cambridge speak to each other every night – via Skype. A woman in the US woman and her Swiss husband are annoyed with their high telephone bills and travel expenses. A married couple in Europe fulfil their desire to have children with thehelp of an Indian surrogate mother.

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Klaus-Michael Bogdal

Europe Discovers the Gypsies

Natural born thieves and liars, companions of Satan, backwoodsmen, untameable savages, a pack of antisocial outsiders – These are just some of the terms used to ostracise and marginalise Europe’s Romani population over the past 600 years. In this brilliantly researched, comparative study, Klaus-Michael Bogdal tells the story of how this centuries-old hatred was able to survive in the tension between fascination and contempt right down to the present day.

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English world rights (Penguin Press), Russia (LRC Publishing House), Hungary (Kalligram), Croatia (Zagrebacka Naklada)

Nora Bossong

Tomorrow Too

Be it in her award-winning novels, reportages or essays – Nora Bossong’s texts unfailingly take us straight into the painfully relevant problems areas of our time. Where others make snap judgement or withdraw into themselves, she looks closely, listens with compassion and asks questions: about colonial guilt and global justice, about the West’s claims to power and the nature of evil.

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Bertolt Brecht

Refugee Conversations

The dialogues in Refugee Conversations, written in the early 1940s, deal with the everyday life of those expelled from Germany, represented by the intellectual Ziffel and the worker Kalle, who are talking about the international (German troops have occupied Denmark and Norway and are advancing in France) and their own situation in a cafe in Helsinki’s main railway station: »The passport is man‘s most precious organ.«

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Andreas Cassee

Global Mobility

Everyone should be able to decide freely on which country they would like to live in; restrictions on immigration are acceptable only in exceptional cases. This is the argument that philosopher Andreas Cassee makes in this lucid book. He presents a sound overview of the discussion on the ethics of migration over the last 30 years and at the same time, he defends a position that focuses on the individual’s right to autonomously choose their place of residence. A work that is as topical as it is important.

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Uwe Johnson

I Didn’t Want to Leave Any Questions Unasked

In Concomitants, Johnson's account of his experiences as a writer in both East and West, Uwe Johnson describes the failure of a book he had set out to write in 1963 and in which he wanted to document the work of Fluchthelfer (»escape helpers«), who aided people in fleeing the GDR. For that purpose, he conducted interviews about the Why and How of their work with members of the Girrmann Group (who helped almost 1,000 people leave the GDR after the Berlin Wall had been built). These conversations were recorded on tape, but Johnson eventually abandoned the project. In Concomitants he explains tersely: »Yes – the tapes have been erased.«

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Dževad Karahasan

Diary of an Exodus

»White with fear and sleeplessness we set out to see what was left of Marijin Dvor.« Once more they have been spared: a piece of shrapnel missed the author and his wife and hit the books instead: William Faulkner, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Gottfried Keller’s Green Henry. Dževad Karahasan describes life in besieged Sarajevo in short, unforgettable scenes.

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Green Maps to Save the World

How many trees are there per person? And how much of the earth’s surface is covered in concrete? To fly or not to fly? SUV or e-scooter? Paper or plastic? eBook or print edition? Does the individual even determine the future of the planet at all, or is it on politicians to act? Answers to these and many more questions can be found in the alarming, illuminating and inspiring maps created by Germany’s most innovative magazine.

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Ingeborg Maus

Human Rights, Democracy and Peace

While human rights are often regarded as the single basis of legitimacy for military interventions or global forms of organization in the current debate, in her new book, Ingeborg Maus puts forward the programmatic thesis that human rights can only be realised in combination with democracy and peace.

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Christoph Ribbat

Germany for a Season

Only one »foreigner« per team: in 1977 that’s the limit in the Federal Basketball League. The foreigner in Göttingen is named Wilbert Olinde and has just arrived from Los Angeles. The Germans are surprised by him, and he in turn is surprised by the Germans. He only intends to stay for a year. But then things turn out quite differently indeed.

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Mark Terkessidis


Whether treated as a theoretical concept or a polemic phrase, the term »multiculturalism« has determined the debate on the immigration society for a long time. A society that was imagined to play out like a big neighbourhood party with frankfurters, falafel and cevapcici – as a noncommittally tolerant co-existence.

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Philipp Ther

The Outsiders

Flight and integration are extremely important themes at present. They are a major reason for the rise of right-wing populist parties and are threatening to divide the EU. However, a glimpse into the depths of history puts 2015’s »refugee crisis« into perspective. Since the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492, Europe has constantly been a continent of refugees.

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Stefan Weidner

Manual for the Clash of Cultures

In the mid 1990s when Samuel Huntington presented his theory on the clash of cultures, he was met by widespread repudiation. Meanwhile, the conflict with Islam has estab-lished itself in the media as an ongoing issue and one cannot but speak of a real clash of cultures.

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Stefan Zweig

Letters on Judaism

Stefan Zweig, one of the most successful German-language authors, came from a wealthy Jewish family in which, however, Jewish tradition played only a very small role. His correspondence from 1900 to 1940, with Martin Buber, Anton Kippenberg, Romain Rolland, Felix Salten and Chaim Weizmann, among other, presents unmediated insights into the world-renowned writer’s thought on Judaism and on Zionism, which could only be discerned in this form from few of his works until now.

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