Volume 12, 2007 : Immigrant Scholars Write about Identity and Integration

«Wie mächtig sind die Russen in Berlin?»
Inside and Outside of the post-Soviet Russianness in Germany

Tsypylma Darieva
Institute for European Ethnology,
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Over the 1990s and early 2000s, Germany received large numbers of Russian-speaking immigrants – over 2,7 million ethnic Germans (Aussiedler) and over 220,000 Jewish “special contingent refugees”. This essay explores the issues of self-identity as experienced by the newcomers from the former Soviet Union, their relations with German mainstream culture and society, and the reflections of these relations in the German and Russian-language press. The essay also reflects on the evolving meanings of geopolitical and social boundaries for the former Soviet citizens now living in Europe.

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