Berlin: City of Migrations
This chapter provides a historical context for the study of contemporary migration in Berlin. The city today is an exemplar of ‘superdiversity’, its population drawn from every country in the world and characterized by many kinds of mobility, but it has always been a magnet for migration. The first part of the chapter discusses what it means to ‘have a migration background’ in contemporary Germany and reviews current migration trends in Berlin. Then, using emblematic images (such as the Vietnamese market and street signs in the African Quarter) as points of orientation, the second part illustrates the history of migration in Berlin in order to show how the ‘new migrations’ of the last 25 years, since the fall of the Wall, were preceded by many others.