Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Democracy
International Politics and Global Issues

Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Democracy

The possibilities and limits of integrating refugees have become key policy issues in Germany and Europe. Current political debates and discussions among experts focus primarily on the social and economic dimension of integration (language, education, and employment). The spectrum of civil and political participation is notably less present.


Research Project in Eight Countries

To counteract a marginalization of refugees at an early stage and account for civil and political participation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting the project led by the "International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance" (IDEA). International IDEA is engaged in a global research project on the possibilities and limits of political participation for refugees.

The research project "Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Democracy" intends to fill knowledge gaps by analyzing the impact of refugees and asylum seekers on democracy in eight host countries as well as in five countries of origin.

A Basis for Discussion Among Migration Experts and Decision-Makers

The analysis of the case studies should provide recommendations on integrating refugees and asylum seekers into social and political life - both in their countries of origin and host countries. The results will be presented in Berlin, Brussels, Nairobi, and Tunis and discussed with experts on migration as well as political decision-makers. In the long term, the project aims to contribute to a greater collaboration between political institutions and the refugee/asylum-seeker community.


A Look Behind the Research

In an interview, project manager Lina Antara explains how the global research project looks at the possibilities and limits of political participation. The researchers talk about their experience while working on the study.

Contact at the Foundation

Ana Bojadjievska
Phone: +49 711 46084-790


International IDEA
Lina Antara
Phone: +46 8 6983705