German on Probation. How Young German-Turkish Citizens Deal With the German "Optionsmodell"

2012 | journal article. A publication with affiliation to the University of Göttingen.

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​Diehl C, Fick P. ​German on Probation. How Young German-Turkish Citizens Deal With the German "Optionsmodell"​. ​​SOZIALE WELT-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG UND PRAXIS. ​2012;​63​(4):​​339​-+​. ​

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Authors
Diehl, Claudia; Fick, Patrick
Abstract
Within the German "Optionsmodell" young dual citizens have to decide if they want to keep their German citizenship and abandon that of their ancestors or vice versa. We assume that this decision reflects legal-pragmatic as well as social and identificational considerations. Findings of a survey among young so-called "Optionspflichtige" of Turkish origin, which was supplemented by guided interviews, reveal that nearly all interviewees plan to keep their German passport. However, this decision is not equally easy for all interviewees but varies depending on the perceived benefits and disadvantages of the different passports. Thus, German citizenship is chosen with ease when "Optionspflichtige" anticipate legal benefits of the German passport and perceive it as a prerequisite to feeling German. Feelings of discrimination, a strong attachment to the Turkish passport within the family and identification with Turkey render the decision difficult. Regardless of these aspects, especially the highly educated struggle with being forced to make this decision. This suggests that the adherence to the principle of avoiding dual citizenship might pose an obstacle to the naturalization of well-integrated individuals.
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2012
Status
published
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Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Co Kg
Journal
SOZIALE WELT-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG UND PRAXIS 
ISSN
0038-6073

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