Germans or Foreigners? Attitudes Toward Ethnic Minorities in Post-Reunification Germany

  • Richard Alba
  • Peter Schmidt
  • Martina Wasmer

About this book


This book examines contemporary attitudes towards ethnic minorities in Germany. These minorities include some of immigrant origin, such as Italians, Turks, and asylum seekers, and the principal non-immigrant minority, Jews. While the findings demonstrate that intense prejudice against minorities is not widespread among Germans, many of whom in fact can be considered immigrant- and minority-friendly, a crystallization of attitudes is also evident: that is, attitudes towards immigrants are strongly correlated with anti-Semitism and with other worldview dimensions, such as positioning in the left-right political spectrum. In this sense, the fundamental question of whether immigrants and other minorities should be regarded as fellow citizens or ethnic outsiders remains relevant in the German context.


authoritarianism civil rights crystallization demography German Germany migrants minority prejudice

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Alba
    • 1
  • Peter Schmidt
    • 2
  • Martina Wasmer
    • 3
  1. 1.University at AlbanyState University of New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Political ScienceJustus Liebig UniversityGießenGermany
  3. 3.ALLBUS department of the Center for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA)MannheimGermany

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