German Citizenship Law and the Turkish Diaspora

People of Turkish ethnicity constitute Germany’s largest immigrant group but only a small percentage have naturalized as German citizens The authors of this article explore the historical foundation of Turkish migration to Germany and the legislative attempts made by both Germany and Turkey to accommodate these people with one foot in each country. They argue that only by abandoning its long-held prejudice against dual citizenship can Germany increase the naturalization rate of all foreigners in its country, not just those from Turkey.

Susan Willis McFadden, German Citizenship Law and the Turkish Diaspora, German Law Journal, 2019.