Historiography and Migration: Explaining the Present through the Lens of History
Discussions about migration have dominated the public discourse in Germany since the refugee crisis of 2015. There is a growing acceptance of empiric data on migration, collected by research institutions like the IMIS at Osnabrück University. On the other hand, the public discourse including from the government is getting more emotional and often denies proven facts and figures.
After a short introduction of recent German history, Paul Voerkel will analyze several statements made by German Government´s representatives about migration and refugees. He will show to what extend those statements contain arbitrary affirmations, and he will contrasted those with findings and information provided by well-regarded historians.
Paul Voerkel is a visiting professor at UERJ University and at the Brazilian branch of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Rio de Janeiro.