Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun

Migrationexperte, Buchautor, Wissenschaftler

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun

Expert on migration, book author, public speaker, scientist, longtime  Ethnic Affairs Commissioner at Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart (SWR) and founder of the SWR International journalist team. Local Federal State Chairman of the German Society for the United Nations (DGVN). Board member of the DGVN Federal Association.:

Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun

In his work Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun combines practice with theory. He founded "SWR International" the journalist team covering migration issues at the Südwestrundfunk ("Southwest Broadcasting") in Stuttgart. At the same time, he is honorary professor at the University of Tübingen. As a journalist and in lectures he sees media and politics as having a common responsibility in informing the population about immigration. He points to the defects in integration and shows just as clearly perspectives of a modern immigration policy.

Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun was from 1995 to 2016 Ethnic Affairs Commissioner at SWR, the first of its kind at the ARD broadcaster, the federal public radio corporation in Germany. In books and publications, he also always made the theme of migration comprehensible to the layman that acceptance of immigration seems to be socially and economically sensible, and that more needs to be done for migrants living in Germany so that integration can work successfully.

Prof. Meier-Braun started at the then Süddeutscher Rundfunk in 1976 and worked in the local news department at Radio Stuttgart, working on the federal state politics and headed the journalist team, regional news. In numerous programs he reported on "migration issues" and topics concerning Turks living in Germany as well as reports about Turkey. Later he built up the department for migration issues and in 1988 founded the media forum "Foreigners amongst us", now a well renowned institution, not only within the ARD.

Further biographical notes:

Born 25.09.1950 in Leer, he grew up in Mössingen near Tübingen, is married to Margot Meier-Braun (special school teacher) and they have a son (Marvin). Professor Meier-Braun studied political science and English at the University of Tübingen (1st state examination).

1979 Doctorate on Voluntary Rotation - Foreigners Policy using the example of the Baden-Württemberg state government. Since 1992 Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen. Was member of the State Advisory Council for Migration and Integration of the State Government of Rhineland-Palatinate. Meier-Braun is Local Federal State Chairman of the German Society for the United Nations (DGVN). Board member of the DGVN Federal Association.:

Member of ifa (Institute for Foreign Relations) and in the coratory at the "Forum der Kulturen" Stuttgart. Member of the Council for Migration (RfM).

In 2002, he founded the "Science Forum Migration and Integration Baden-Württemberg” with the Ethnic Affairs Commissioner of the Baden-Württemberg federal state government, from which the current "Integration Research Network Baden-Württemberg” emerged.

Professor Meier-Braun has received various awards, including the award of the Schader Foundation für  Gesellschaftswissenschaften in the practice (1995).
Prof. Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun was a member of Working Group 3 "Business and Media as a Bridge" of the German Islam Conference (DIK).  He was a member of the advisory board of the state foundation project "With civil courage against extremism" in Baden-Württemberg.

His latest publications are:

Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen: Einwanderung und Asyl. München: C.H. Beck Verlag 2017, 3. Auflage:

Schwarzbuch Migration. Die dunkle Seite unserer Flüchtlingspolitik. München: C.H. Beck Verlag 2018:


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