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Conversation and discussion, Aquarium, Skalitzer Str. 6

On November 23, 1973, the West German government imposed the so-called "recruitment freeze". This not only put an end to the recruitment of workers since 1955, but also made a migration policy statement that is still valid today: migration should be and remain the exception. The "recruitment stop" continues to shape discussions, policy and legislation on immigration and belonging to this day. Discrimination and control over human mobility are also determined by residence status.

However, the "recruitment stop" did not put an end to immigration to Germany, but accelerated the emergence of our current migration society. The so-called migrants built organizations and institutions in which self-integration, community and solidarity were and are lived.

50 years after the so-called "recruitment stop", we will talk to committed contemporary witnesses about debates, struggles and missed opportunities for a policy that does justice to the real immigration society.

The event is part of the project "1973/2023 - Vom "Anwerbestopp" zur Migrationsgesellschaft" by the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum to examine the "Anwerbestopp" from the perspective of migration. With contemporary witnesses, archive research, public discussions and teaching projects, we are taking a new look at social inequality, discrimination and unequal power relations in the migration society.

Talk and discussion with Safter Çınar, Atiye Altül, Sanem Kleff (inquired), commented by Fatoş Topaç

Moderation: Koray Yılmaz-Günay

1973/2023 - From the "recruitment stop to the migration society"

A cooperation project of the Humboldt University of Berlin and the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum. In cooperation with Kotti e.V., Migrationsrat Berlin e.V., Partizipationsbüro des Bezirksamts Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin.

Supported by bpb - Federal Agency for Civic Education.
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Meeting point: Aquarium, Skalitzer Str. 6 10999 Berlin