More of a Right to Education for German Citizens (1976–1985)

  • Brittany Lehman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


The end of the economic miracle as well as changes to the geopolitical climate contributed to an explosion of xenophobia across West Germany in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Painting all foreign citizens as newly arrived migrants, some Germans citizens claimed that foreign residents—particularly Turkish citizens—could never be German and therefore should leave. Continuing to tie citizenship to ethnonationality, the state killed attempts to open up citizenship. That legal exclusion and assumption of ethnic incompatibility directly influenced education for non-Germans as the Länder privileged their citizens, explicitly arguing that Germans had more of right to education and access to resources. Attempts to push foreigners out, however, became convoluted as the relevant foreign states involved also had their own goals for multiculturalism and integration.

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  • Brittany Lehman
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  1. 1.College of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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