Germany's Policy Towards Refugees

  • Haleema Al Hosani

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    The main purpose of this thesis is to look at Germany's policy approach towards the recent refugee's crisis in Europe. The thesis attempts to provide an understanding of the reasons for Germany's policy from a national and capabilities, national security and its desire to increase its economic and human capital resources perspective rather than those of humanitarian and morality. This thesis will examine the inconsistency between dialogue and policy making. The research uses constructivism and structural realism to understand the nature of the policy in Germany. The research then uses media sources and parliamentary debates in order to look for information on the German refugee policy. From the findings of the research, the main reason identified as why Germany keeps an open door policy is that it advances its national interests which are mainly economic and it is considered that the influx of refugees will rectify the demographic deficiencies of the country leading to economic stability in the future. This result is better explained by the structural realism rather than constructivism theory. The study is significant as it helps other countries who cooperate with Germany to better iv understand the drivers behind the German open door policy, which enables them to better tailor their approach to Germany.
    Date of AwardDec 2017
    Original languageAmerican English
    SupervisorAthol Yates (Supervisor)


    • Refugee Crisis; Germany's Policy; Economic Stability; National Security; Open Door Policy.

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