Immigration and Social Systems: Collected Essays of Michael by Christina Boswell, Gianni D’Amato

By Christina Boswell, Gianni D’Amato

Michael Bommes (1954–2010) was once one the main marvelous and unique students of migration experiences within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. This posthumously released assortment brings jointly a range of his most vital essays on immigration, transnationalism, abnormal migration, and migrant networks. “In Bommes, the academy misplaced a pupil with penetrating analyses of migration, the welfare nation and social structures the place the 2 have interaction. by means of finishing his final undertaking, Boswell and D’Amato have performed scholarship an enduring provider. an important contribution to public debate and a tribute to a truly nice man.”—Randall Hansen, college of Toronto** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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This was in stark contrast to the intensive public debates about settlement by labour migrant families, their possibly restricted capacity for ‘social integration’, and the political invention of the ‘problem of the Turks’ (Thränhardt 1988). For an interpretation of this result, a closer look at the welfare programmes for EGs established in the 1950s and, with certain modifications, 48 MICHAEL BOMMES valid until the end of the 1980s is illuminating. The central structural provisions of these programmes entailed: – An unemployment insurance system that included the EGs immediately after their immigration as though they had spent their whole former working life in Germany.

Participation in each single context implies the fulfilment of certain preconditions that are provided elsewhere. For example, education presupposes that pupils have families, have access to economic means to fulfil their needs (through their parents), have a right to be educated and are healthy. Moreover, the education system has gained universal competence for this task and the specification of NATIONAL WELFARE STATE, BIOGRAPHY AND MIGRATION 41 educational problems. The same is valid for other realms such as the economy,4 law and health, which rely on the assumption that different problems are dealt with in other social contexts.

This life course regime then structures the lifelong relation between the state and the individual citizens. The structural fundament of this relation is the specific political form of inclusion: national citizenship. The result of the NATIONAL WELFARE STATE, BIOGRAPHY AND MIGRATION 49 political and legal ascription of membership in the national community to the immigration category of EGs was that EG immigrants acquired the structural qualifications and properties for participation and membership in the various social realms and organisations.

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