This contribution argues that although the UK and Germany have different historical traditions of immigration and integration, which continue to define policy responses in specific areas, recent developments show a distinct convergence in each country's policy goals and adopted policy instruments in this sector. It contends that both endogenous (demographic and skills shortages, integration deficits) and exogenous (influx of asylum seekers, terrorism) variables can be identified for this convergence. It also pinpoints the European Union as a growing source both of convergence and policy coordination in this field.
Bibliographical noteThis is an electronic version of an article published in anage deposits Green, Simon O. (2007) Divergent traditions, converging responses: immigration and integration policy in the UK and Germany. German Politics, 16 (1). pp. 95-115. ISSN 0964-4008. German Politics is available online at:
- endogenous variables
- exogenous variables
- European Union