It has long been thought that emigrating to Germany or Japan provides great advantages to those immigrants who are allowed in. Today, when the lady behind the cash register at the local convenience store is no longer Japanese, where German nursing homes would no longer function without the labor of migrant nurses, and where the service sector of both countries urgently needs immigrant workers - then we need to ask the question of how attractive Japan, Germany and France are for immigrant workers. This is a question that cannot be answered solely from an economic point of view. Social and cultural aspects are equally important.
All three will be addressed at this conference which will focus on the life satisfaction of migrant workers in Japan, Germany and France. Particular attention shall be paid to the language policy of public institutions - schools, hospitals, registration authorities, employment offices, etc. -. What needs and wishes do immigrants have, and what services do government and municipalities offer to make their lives worth living in the new society? Learning the dominant language of the new country is generally considered indispensable for smooth integration. But what role does the language of origin play in this process? To what extent does language affect the life satisfaction of immigrants and their living conditions? Academics, representatives from government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations of both countries shall address these questions at this conference.