Accepted Paper:

Law, labor and privilege: the nature of German labour immigration in the last decade  
Leonore Phillips (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Paper long abstract:

Amid contemporary immigration and financial "crises," German national discourse, specifically 2001's Green Card Program and 2005's Immigration Act, shows a marked change in the treatment of international workers over the past decade. Because of these noteworthy changes, my research engages the abundance of materials, including policies and laws, which are formed around competing social interests and historical interpretations. My text examines this politics of differerence by examining how highly skilled immigrants are imagined by law makers and by exploring the way that educational, racial, and economic privilege is written into German labor immigration laws. This paper is embedded in my current fieldwork research which looks at "multicultural" imaginations of technological and scientific innovation in Berlin and the influence of highly skilled immigration in larger discourses of belonging, nationalism, and natalism.

Panel W115
In-migration, indigeneity and imagination: or class, community and crisis in Europe