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Citoyenneté politique, citoyenneté économique

Entreprenariat immigré et politique d'intégration à Berlin

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Antoine Pécoud

This paper investigates the connection between immigrant business activities and integration policies in Berlin. Focus- ing on the Turkish minority, it presents recent trends among German-Turkish business-owners and argues that entrepreneurship is increasingly viewed by policy-makers as a way of improving immigrants’ socioeconomic situation. This interest in entrepreneurship arises within a broader process of acceptance of minority presence and highlights the importance of economic concerns in Germany’s relationship to its immigrants. This economic approach to minorities is illustrated by several examples and is presented as a form of «economic citizen- ship», according to which immigrants’ economic participation legitimates their presence. Four hypotheses are elaborated to address this process and the advantages and disadvantages of such an approach are examined.