From Migration in Geographic Space to Migration in Biographic Time: Interests and Norms in Migration and Integration
Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
A stakeholder analysis sheds light on the situation of participants in cross-border migration in the EU and beyond.
Claus Offe develops a typology of migrants, migration motives and “migration regimes” and defines dimensions of “integration.”
Current and foreseeable migration problems can no longer be resolved within the spatial dimension – by managing territorial borders
and their permeability – but only in the temporal dimension, i.e., by politically regulating the life course of migrants and their
descendants. An assessment of the norms governing this regulation suggests a somewhat counterintuitive “de-dramatization” of the moral
and political aspects of European migration policy issues.
Claus Offe is Professor of Political Sociology at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Among his
recent publications are Herausforderungen der Demokratie: Zur Integrations- und Leistungsfahigkeit politischer Institutionen (2003), Die Teilhabegesellschaft:
Modell eines neuen Wohlfahrtsstaates (mit Gerd Grozinger/Michael Maschke, 2006) and Strukturprobleme des kapitalistischen Staates: Aufsätze zur politischen Soziologie (2006).