Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel is Professor for Political Science and Academic Director of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. She is the author of many publications on borders, refugees’ rights, asylum and integration policies in the European Union and abroad. She is also a political advisor on immigration issues.
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In contrast to other European countries, the idea of "mainstreaming" immigrant integration policy has not caught on among policymakers in Germany. This report explores the history and recent trends of integration policy in Germany as well as obstacles facing policymakers moving forward.