German Policies Toward Russia and Other Successor States
Barbara Dietz and Klaus Segbers
I n the late 1980s, when the borders between Eastern and Western Europe became more open, intensified East-West migration emerged as a politically relevant concern in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Media reports raised fears among the public and certain politicians that Germany could attract large numbers of migrants from Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union (FSU), and the post-Soviet states. Since Germany is a country with a comparatively stable economy and political situation, directly bordering Eastern Europe, it is particularly exposed to a potential influx.
Although Germany has admitted a significant number of migrants, the official position of the German government is-- and has always been--that Germany is not an immigration country. 1 Nevertheless, with the erosion of the East-West confrontation and the evaporation of systemic borders in Europe, Germany is an attractive destination for migrants from Eastern Europe, the FSU, and the post-Soviet states. Given these circumstances, the buildup of emigration potential in the FSU might be an influential factor in the development of official German policy toward Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union.____________________