Immigrants and Parasites:The History of a Bio-Social Metaphor

Musolff, Andreas (2012) Immigrants and Parasites:The History of a Bio-Social Metaphor. In: Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Springer, pp. 249-258. ISBN 978-3-7091-0949-6

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In autumn 2010, the website of the popular German womens magazine Brigitte,, opened a blog for discussion of a recent bestseller authored by an Executive Board member of the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) and member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Thilo Sarrazin, that had as its title the statement Germany does away with itself (Sarrazin 2010a). The book articulated a strident criticism of Germanys immigration policy over the past 4 decades and alleged that the bulk of the Muslim minority in Germany, mainly of Turkish origin, had formed a parallel society who were unable and/or unwilling to integrate into German society and who had taken advantage of its social welfare system. It argued in favour of policies to effect successful integration of the existing Muslim population and a stop to further immigration. As could be expected, the publication triggered massive public debates and controversies, in the course of which Sarrazin resigned from his position as Board Member of Central Bank and the SPD started proceedings to strip him of his membership. On the other hand, Sarrazin received support from mainstream journalists and politicians who accused his detractors of double standards and the desire to silence any non politically correct” contribution to the public debate about immigration and multiculturalism (Matussek 2010; Dohnanyi 2010).

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 08:59
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7091-0950-2_22

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