Political and socio-cultural cleavages shape everyday life in the discourse of migration and integration. Research Group 2 focuses on the visible and emerging cleavages in societies. In an empirical-comparative perspective using quantitative and qualitative methods, it examines how this is expressed in different regions of Europe. At the European, national and sub-national levels, attitudes and differences in attitudes are brought into focus. These range from examining the relationship between migration-related contexts (proportion of foreigners, emigration rate, contacts with migrants, etc.) and societal voting behavior, to perceptions of crises and how they are dealt with (COVID-19), to changes in democratic orientations. The research group aims to identify and compare different modes of political and social polarization and their impact on the cohesion of Germany and Europe.
- Analysis of populist movements and parties in selected European countries
- Provision of ad-hoc expertise (e.g. on the emergence of populist parties)
- Reporting about events of Europe-wide significance (e.g. about national elections)
- Transfer (inter alia participation in conferences, communication with the press)