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)