Ethnic Minorities in Cologne. Transnational Living Quarters in the Metropolis

Foreign migrants as well as ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities belong to the typical phenomena in most urban agglomerations of a globalized world. Most visible are they at present in the ethnic quarters of North American cities. But they are apparent as well in many European cities for different reasons, such as relics of the previous colonial history, as refugees, as industrial guest workers or as new minorities of a global economic and labour change after the end of the bipolar world order. Against this background the paper focuses on the question of living spaces and living situations as well as the role of minorities in the socio-economic life of the Rhine metropolis.