Munich is a city of migration – migration influences every facet of its social and urban development. Migration occurs when an individual permanently changes their place of residence from one country to another. In all its guises and with all its related challenges and issues, migration is a fact of life and is deeply embedded in society, past, present and future.
Following a four-year project, Munich City Council has chosen to establish migration research as a permanent feature of the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s work starting in 2019. The Museum will now endeavor to foreground the history of migration in Munich throughout its exhibitions and raise public awareness of its importance. It will study the actors, places and images that best shine a light on everyday life in a city of migration like Munich, and explore issues such as racism and discrimination. It will scour its collections for items and sources that recount the history of migration in Munich, a line of investigation that has taken a back seat until now. However, we should remember that resources such as these often present an outsider’s point of view.
In conjunction with the Stadtarchiv München (Munich City Archives), we regularly conduct interviews to allow Munich’s migration actors to tell us their life stories. The full video interviews may be viewed by prior arrangement at the Munich City Archives. Extracts from our interviews are available here.