Mapping of Population Diversity in Canada and Germany: Different Strategies, Similar Pragmatism
Schultz, Caroline (2017): „Mapping of Population Diversity in Canada and Germany: Different Strategies, Similar Pragmatism“. Ottawa.
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Review of European and Russian Affairs
Centre for European Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
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The aim of this paper is to compare the respective approaches of Canada and Germany in statistically mapping population diversity and to offer possible explanations for the differences and commonalities observed. In order to investigate this, the paper takes into account the concept of ‘politics of belonging’ as a theoretical background and considers the functions of national statistics in categorizing different groups of people. There are different strategies of mapping population diversity and, inter alia, two models can be distinguished: while some countries explicitly include questions on elusive concepts of ‘origin’ in their population data collection, others refrain from doing so and instead derive different subgroups from information on citizenship and place of birth. Taking Canada as an example of the first group of countries and Germany of the second, and delineating recent changes within their respective strategies of measuring diversity within their populations, this paper argues that Canada and Germany converge towards a new pragmatism in the approaches of measuring diversity in population statistics.
June 1, 2017