Research group 4

Migration in urban and regional contexts

Migration has integration as a result and integration takes place on the ground: in schools, in the workplace, between neighbours and friends or in clubs and associations. Municipal and regional integration actors are thus faced with what are by all means great challenges – yet at the same time the experiences and perceptions of migration in local or regional contexts are an important starting point for effectively tackling problems with integration and discrimination. MIDEM studies how immigrants and the host society interact in the public sphere, what forms this interaction takes and what the resulting consequences are. The focus is on forms of interaction in administration and civil society as well as forms of direct public participation. These include political forums or cultural events which encourage meaningful social interactions and thereby play a significant role in the socialisation of immigrants with regard to the unwritten rules and values of the host society. In this way MIDEM wishes to make learning processes visible, namely those which have developed in the course of the interaction between the administrative, political and civil society levels.

Focus areas

  • Analysis of regional and local integration measures
  • Provision of ad-hoc expertise (e.g. in integration laws or concepts)
  • Comparative analyses and identification of best practice examples
  • Transfer (inter alia participation in conferences, communication with the press)