Institut für Politikwissenschaft



Institutskolloquium: A meritocratic turn? German refugee policies in international comparison

Hannes Schammann (Hildesheim) am am Mittwoch, den 10. Januar um 16.15 Uhr im Raum 124

The topic: A meritocratic turn? German refugee policies in international comparison
Migration policies in Western immigration countries have always been strongly influenced by meritocratic principles: migrants who are expected to or already perform well in the labour market or in the education system are rewarded with visa or resident permit. This holds especially true for the migration of skilled workers but is also valid for integration policies. However, in refugee policies, traditionally, there is an institutional bias towards (human) security issues. Still, meritocratic principles have found their way into refugee policies. This talk analyses the role of meritocratic principles in German refugee policies in comparison to refugee polices in classic immigration countries. It argues that German refugee policies are witnessing a ‘meritocratic turn’ that comprises legal changes as well as governance models
The scholar: Hannes Schammann (Hildesheim)
Hannes Schammann is Juniorprofessor of political science at the University of Hildesheim. His research focuses on various aspects of migration and integration in Germany and Europe.
Previously, he gained extensive practical experience working at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). He still works closely with many actors in the field and is frequently consulted on migration issues by agencies at all federal levels.

Selected publications:
Schammann, Hannes (2017): Eine meritokratische Wende? Arbeit und Leistung als neue Strukturprinzipien der deutschen Flüchtlingspolitik. In: Sozialer Fortschritt 66 (11), S. 741–757.

Schammann, Hannes (2015): PEGIDA und die deutsche Migrationspolitik. Ein Beitrag zur Differenzierung des Opinion-Policy Gap in der Migrationsforschung. In: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 25 (3), S. 309–333.

Schammann, Hannes (2015): Wenn Variationen den Alltag bestimmen. Unterschiede lokaler Politikgestaltung in der Leistungsgewährung für Asylsuchende. In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 9 (3), S. 161–182.