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06.10.2017

Berlin in Dialogue: University Courses for Refugees in the Social Sciences

The Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration research (BIM) is active in supporting refugees in their access to university and to academic exchange and knowledge production. Every semester, BIM offers two university classes for refugees and other interested students in the social sciences on migration, space, and gender. The seminars will be held in Arabic or Farsi as well as in English.

Please come to the first session to register with the lecturers.
The current course description can be found here. The courses start on 18 or 23 October 2017.
Further information can be found here: Berlin in Dialogue

27.01.2017

New Website for the BIM-research cluster "Shifting Solidarities?"

More than 60 researchers work in 14 subprojects within the Research-Intervention-Cluster “Shifting Solidarities?” which was established in April 2016 at the BIM and is funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. Today a new website is going online that contains further information about the research cluster, its subprojects and the research process.
On the website www.bim-fluchtcluster.hu-berlin.de you will also find interviews with staff members, podcasts and recordings of events, beginning with an interview with BIM-director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba about the present developments in migration research and the tasks of the research cluster.

19.12.2016

Award "Menschen mit Hintergrund" for the BIM-Initiative "Berlin in Dialogue"

The BIM-initiative „Berlin in Dialogue“ has received the award “Menschen mit Hintergrund” from the University of Regensburg. The initiative was rewarded for its multilingual courses for refugees and other interested students in the social sciences, that were characterized as “forward-looking model for the interaction with young migrants” by the jury.

The press release is only accessible in German: „Preis für Menschen mit Hintergrund“ 2016

13.12.2016

BIM-Expertise in Cooperation with "Mediendienst Integration"

The BIM-project „Schooling recently migrated and refugee children in Berlin – Methods and Challenges” has published the press expertise “Inclusion with Segregation?”. The expertise was released in cooperation with the media service “Mediendienst Integration”.

The subproject is part of the research cluster “Shifting Solidarities?” which is funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.

The final results will be published by the end of March.

23.11.2016

Press Release: Study Opportunities for Refugees in Germany

Universities in Germany are involved with the integration of refugees and build bridges for their enrolment. This appears in the results of a survey conducted by the Berlin Institute for Migration and Integration Research (BIM), which were presented at a conference on November 23 in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The survey was conducted in the context of the BIM-research cluster “Changing Solidarities?” and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. The subproject is led by Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal and compiled by Steffen Beigang, Katja Wegmann and Valentin Feneberg. The final results will be published within the next year.

The press release is only accessible in German: BIM-PM Studienmöglichkeiten für Geflüchtete

Media contact: Dipl.-Pol. Damian Ghamlouche, 030/22015705, d.ghamlouche@hu-berlin.de

15.11.2016

New Research Project: Refugee Families in Germany (GeFam)

In a joint project, the IAB, the BAMF-FZ and the SOEP conduct a representative survey among refugees which arrived in Germany between January 1 and January 31, 2013. In this context the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports a duplication of the case numbers with another 1600 persons and their families, which will be interviewed between October and December 2016.

In an analysis project which is located at the BIM and the IAB the integration of refugees in the job market will be examined. The project focuses on the relevance of labor market policies and the influence of the changing statutory framework for the labor market access of refugees in Germany.

03.11.2016

New BIM-Fellow: Prof. Dr. Melissa Herman

Sociologist Melissa Herman studies adolescent development, focusing on multiracial youth and how their identities affect their development in areas such as achievement, mental health, and friendship choices.

She also studies perceptions of multiracial people and whether observers’ perceptions are congruent with multiracial people’s self-identifications. Another area of her research is on attitudes toward multiracial people, including whether multiracial people should be protected under affirmative action and anti-discrimination policies and comparing people’s global versus personal attitudes toward different types of interracial relationships.  Melissa has taught at Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Melissa holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University and PhD and MA in Sociology from Stanford University. 

While at the BIM, Melissa is part of the Department of Education and Integration.

02.11.2016

New BIM-Fellow: Elisa Santanta

Since November 2016 and for ten months Elisa Santana is a visiting scientist at the BIM. As a scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, her research focuses on political reforms concerning refugees.

31.10.2016

New BIM-Fellow: Prof. Dr. Carolina Stefoni

Dr. Carolina Stefoni is a member of the Department of Sociology of the University Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile. She was head of the Department between 2013 and 2016 and director of the Interdisciplinary programe for inmigration sudies (PRIEM). She has been doing research on south south migration in Latin America, specially focused on informal sector and the participation of migrants; intercultural education within multicultural contexts and on the formation of transnational places.

28.09.2016

University Courses for Refugees in the Social Sciences

As a part of Humboldt University's initiative "Refugees as guest students", the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) offers two classes for refugees and other interested students in the social sciences on migration, space, and gender.

The seminars will be held in Arabic or Farsi as well as in English.

Below, you find short course descriptions. Please come to the first session to register with the lecturers. If you have any questions on the classes, please contact laura.lambert@hu-berlin.de

The courses are supported by the Institute for Social Sciences and funded by the dean's office at KSBF (Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftlichen Fakultät).

Please find further information here (in Arabic, Farsi, German and English):

General information
COURSE: The Other('s) City: Living in Berlin as a post-migrant city
COURSE: Gendered Public Space

23.09.2016

Publication of the Study "Post-migrant North Rhine-Westphalia"

The study "Post-migrant North Rhine-Westphalia" is another part of a nationwide compiled data set which is published gradually. The results reveal that most of the federal state's population is open and unbiased towards muslims.  About 70 percent think that muslims should be more accepted in Germany. Nevertheless there is still reservation when it comes to concrete religious and political issues.
The representative survey on the attitude of North Rhine-Westphalia's population towards muslims has been conducted by the research group JUNITED and was funded by Stiftung Mercator.

The study is only accessible in German: Nordrhein-Westfalen postmigrantisch

01.09.2016

Publication of the "DIW Wochenbericht": Integration of Refugees into the Labour Market

With regard to the so called "refugee crisis" of 2015, how can the integration of refugees in Germany be a success? A group of social and economic scientists of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the Berlin Institute for Migration Research (BIM) took a look in the past to answer this question: Although they had troubles in the beginning, refugees coming to Germany between 1990 and 2010 were able to catch up with other migrants in terms of their language ability and on the job market.

The publication is only accessible in German: DIW Wochenbericht 35/2016

24.08.2016

"DIW Wochenbericht": Study on AfD-supporters

The "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) attracts mainly men, citizens of the newly-formed German states, persons with a low level of education, laborer, unemployed persons and young people under the age of 30. This shows a study based on the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and now published in the "DIW Wochenbericht". Martin Kroh (DIW) and Karolina Fetz (BIM) found out that the profile of the AfD-supporters changed: Today there are more former non-voters, voters of extreme right-wing parties and former market-liberal and leftist voters among them.

The study is only accessible in German: DIW Wochenbericht 34/2016

11.08.2016

BIM-Press Briefing: Publication of the Study "Structures and Motives of Voluntary Work with Refugees" (EFA2)

BIM-Press Briefing: Publication of the Study

Today a BIM-press briefing took place on the occasion of the publication of "EFA2".
The heads of the study, Dr. Serhat Karakayali (BIM) and Dr. J. Olaf Kleist (IMIS, University of Osnabrück) presented the main results of the study as well as policy advices for practical politics and civil society.
The findings of "EFA1" together with the results of "EFA2" provide an insight into dynamics, developments and structural changes in the movement of voluntary work with refugees in Germany.

The study is only accessible in German: EFA2

04.08.2016

New BIM-Study: Coordination and Challenges of Voluntary Work with Refugees

Widely unnoticed by the public, volunteers work with refugees in cities and municipalities for several months now. They are the ones that experience in their everyday life what the public discourse is only speculating about. With their work volunteers show that integration works in both directions.

This study has been conducted on behalf of the Bertelsmann-Stiftung by Dr. Ulrike Hamann, Dr. Serhat Karakayali, Leif Jannis Höfler and Mira Wallis.
It is only accessible in German: BIM-Studie

02.07.2016

Policy Recommendations for the Support of Voluntary Work with Refugees

Who is voluntarily working with refugees? How can this work be supported by public institutions? How can volunteers focus their work on the core of their challenges? What can and should politics do?
On behalf of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Dr. Serhat Karakayali (BIM) addresses these questions in his recently publicated policy recommendations.

The recommendations are available online: Handlungsempfehlungen "Willkommensgesellschaft stärken"

28.06.2016

Press Conference in the Federal Chancellery: Post-migrant Germany III

Press Conference in the Federal Chancellery: Post-migrant Germany III

Today the BIM-study "Post-migrant Germany III - Migrants' Perspectives on German Identities - Attitudes of Persons with and without Migration Background on National Identity in Germany" was presented in the Federal Chancellery. Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan (BIM-Vice Director) and Dr. Coskun Canan (BIM-Research Scientist) presented the results which among other things relate to narrations, associations and emotions of people with migration background concerning their identification with Germany and being German.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

21.06.2016

New BIM-SVR Research Project

A new reserach project in cooperation with the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) will examine the influence of teachers' expactations on the performance of their students.

Further information in German: BIM-SVR Pressemitteilung

08.06.2016

"Changing Solidarities?" - New Research Cluster

Since 2012 the number of refugees worldwide is increasing constantly. 60 million people were affected by flight and expulsion only last year, about 2 million found their way to Europe. Even if the increase of the numbers of immigrants was thus predictable, a shift in social roles and solidarities took place – within the European society as well as the European nation states.
How does the frequently mentioned “welcoming cultures” develop within this context?  How do solidarity processes take place in times of a parallel diminishing of solidarities? What kind of people help in which contexts and what can motivate them?  How can institutional and logistical support be provided?
With the development of a research cluster the BIM reacts to this gap in research. The practical accompanying research within the cluster aims to produce concepts and policy recommendations for politics and civil society.
The research cluster is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.The cluster is divided into three pillars and 14 subprojects.

A) "Welcoming Culture" and Solidarity in a Society of Immigration

Project 1: Shifting Solidarities in Europe. Migrants from Poland in Germany and Their Attitudes towards and Engagement for Refugees

Project 2: Diminishing Solidarities and Racism

Project 3: Subtle Prejudices

Project 4: Gender-specific Research on the Social Situation of Migrants on the Basis of SOEP

B) Volunteering and Civil Society

Project 5: Structures and Motives for the Voluntary Support of Refugees

Project 6: Work with Refugees in Sports Clubs

Project 7: Structural Changes of Voluntary Offices in Sports Clubs

Project 8: RefugeeHub. Online Platform for the Mediation between Supporters and Refugees

Project 9: Between Camp and Lease - Different housing conditions and their potential for integration. A study on the housing situation of refugee women

C) Institutions in the "Organizational Society"

Project 10: Strategies for a Dialogical Approach to Psychological Strains of Supporters

Project 11: Institutional Adaptability of Universities

Project 12: The Teaching of Refugee Children in Berlin - Experiences and Challenges

Project 13: Migration und Logistics

Project 14: Coordination of the Research Clusters (Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan/Sana Shah)

01.06.2016

Support for Threatened Academics at Humboldt University

From July 2016 on the Turkish sociologist Dr. Nil Mutluer is working as a scholar under the professorship of Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul at the BIM. Her topic is "The Masculine Voice of Political Authority in Turkey: From Gezi to Sur". Nil Mutluer is one of two scholars who are able to continue their careers due to the HU's successful application at the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative supports threatened scientists who have to interrupt their work on account of the current situation in their home countries.

19.04.2016

Presentation of First Results of the Study on "Experiences of Discrimination in Germany" at the Federal Press Conference

Presentation of First Results of the Study on

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan (BIM-Vice Director) and Steffen Beigang together with Christine Lüders (Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency) have presented the first results of a representative study at the Federal Press Conference. According to these first findings, discrimination is widely spread in Germany. Further evaluations of the data will follow soon.

12.02.2016

Press Release: "Post-migrant Schleswig-Holstein"

The study "Post-migrant Schleswig Holstein" is another part of a nationwide compiled data set which is published gradually. The results reveal that most of the federal state's population show an abstract openness towards muslims. Nevertheless precise prejudices should not be underestimated.
The representative survey on the attitude of Schleswig Holstein's population towards muslims has been conducted by the research group JUNITED and was funded by Stiftung Mercator and the federal state of Schleswig Holstein.

The study is available in German: Schleswig Holstein postmigrantisch

25.01.2016

Dr. Ulrike Kluge Receives Max Rubner Award

Dr. Ulrike Kluge, member of the department "Migration, Mental and Physical Health and Health Research" and research associate at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité University Clinic Berlin, has received the Max Rubner Award for trailblazers at the Charité. The prize was awarded due to her development of a competence center for psychiatric and psychotherapeutic expertise in the work with refugees. Moreover the competence center builds a network between actors involved in the support of refugees and makes the professionalization of cultural and linguistic mediators possible.

15.12.2015

BIM-Press Release: Racist Arguments in the Politics

The BIM publishes a press release concerning racist arguments in the politics, which are currently openly defended again. The most recent example is Björn Höcke's reference to a so-called special strategy of reproducion of Africans, which according to him differs from those of Europeans. Björn Höcke is a politician from the "Alternative for Germany" (AfD).

In the press release Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba (BIM-Director), Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan (BIM- Vice Director) als well as Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz (Head of the BIM-Department "Migration, Mental and Physical Health and Health Research") comment this development critically.
The press release is availabe in German: BIM-Pressemitteilung

14.10.2015

BIM-Press Briefing: Publication of "Post-migrant Berlin"

BIM-Press Briefing: Publication of

The study "Post-migrant Berlin" is part of a nationwide compiled data set which is published gradually. The results reveal that most of Berlin's population is open and unbiased towards muslims. Nevertheless a part of the population simultaneously is prejudiced.
The representative survey on the attitude of Berlin's population towards muslims has been conducted by the research group JUNITED and was funded by Stiftung Mercator.

The study was presented by Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, Dr. Coskun Canan and Steffen Beigang. The results were commented by Doris Nahawandi (Berlin Senat's Commissioner for Integration and Migration).

The study is availabe in German: Berlin postmigrantisch

10.06.2015

Presentation of the "Migrant Integration Policy Index" (MIPEX) at the Federal Press Conference

Presentation of the

20.02.2015

Job Opening BIM-Department "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration"

18.09.2014

International Summer School "Expanding the Margins: Migration, Mobilities, Border", September 21-26 2014

The programm is an interdisciplinary summer school for M.A. and Ph.D. students in the fields of European Ethnology, Social Sciences, Political Science, Human Geography, Philosophy and Gender Studies. 6 partner universities are involved. It is organized by 4 junior scientists at the Humboldt University in Berlin. The following members of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research take part in it: Sina Arnold, Dr. Manuela Bojadzijev, Dr. Serhat Karakayali , Dr. Birgit zur Nieden.

10.09.2014

Mainstreaming Sport Science in Germany - Interview with ICSSPE

Sebastian Braun is Professor for Sport Sociology at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) and has recently been appointed as Director of the newly founded Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration (BIM). ICSSPE talked to him about his work and current projects as well as the interdisciplinary idea the BIM is based on.

http://www.icsspe.org/content/mainstreaming-sport-science-germany