Butsch, Carsten ORCID: 0000-0002-7152-8318 (2018). The 'Indian diaspora' in Germany - emerging networks and new homes. Diaspora Stud., 11 (1). S. 79 - 101. ABINGDON: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. ISSN 0976-3457

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Indo-German migration after World War II can be divided into four distinct phases, which are described in the first part of this paper. Changing migration patterns in the past 70 years has resulted in a heterogeneous Indian population in Germany. The number of Indian migrants to Germany has been increasing sharply, especially in the last 15 years. This paper describes the migration pattern of the four phases and explains why migration from professionals and students has led to the fact that the number of Indians in Germany more than doubled since the year 2000. In the second section of this paper, empirical findings from a project will be used to illustrate different pathways to Germany. Based on the analysis of in-depth interviews with Indian migrants in Germany and experts in this field, the reasons for migrating and the structures influencing migration will be portrayed. The structural linkages are increasing with globalization and through the migrants' practices, which create new linkages and reinforce exiting ones. Furthermore, the factors that influenced the migrants' decision to stay in Germany will be described. These are often linked to life-course and family events, but also to changes in India. Finally, findings regarding the migrants' emotional attachment to citizenship will be portrayed. Many respondents describe the Indian citizenship as important part of their identity. The findings from this case study are reflected upon in the discussion and related to theoretical considerations and the literature on international migration.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Butsch, CarstenUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-7152-8318UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-205014
DOI: 10.1080/09739572.2017.1398373
Journal or Publication Title: Diaspora Stud.
Volume: 11
Number: 1
Page Range: S. 79 - 101
Date: 2018
Place of Publication: ABINGDON
ISSN: 0976-3457
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
DemographyMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/20501


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