Contemporary Influx of Migrants into Germany: threats or opportunities? A Socio-Political Discourse

Sesan Adeolu Odunuga

Abstract


Abstract

 

Influx of migrants is considered as threat to the host country even when it is generally believed that migration offers opportunities to the host state. Regular and solicited migration may be perceived as opportunity to host societies, but unsolicited or mass migration usually provokes hostility in the country of arrival. The EU began to experience unprecedented migratory stream in 2014. Germany’s shares of first time asylum seekers in the EU rose from 35% in 2015 to 60% in 2016 with Germany seemingly representing the home of many migrants that entered the EU between 2014 and 2016. The study was conducted using explanatory case study to answer the question on why influx of migrants is considered as threat and a descriptive case study research examines and describes opportunities offer to host country by influx of migrants. In general, as a research framework, a qualitative research method was carried out on the phenomenon while content analysis was used to analyse regional and national newspapers in Germany covering 2014-2016 period in relation to the purpose of the study. The findings on RQ1 revealed that influx of migrants into Germany has a causal relationship with social, political and security threats noticed in Germany during the period under review, while the findings of RQ2 showed that demographic benefits acclaimed to always accompany migration are not immediate.

Recommendations were made for further studies to be conducted on influx of migrants or mass migration of unsolicited migrants in the so-called “immigrant countries” or “immigrant friendly societies”.


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