News from this focus area

Integration Policy of Tomorrow

How can new immigrants be supported in settling in and communities in integrating them? A working group has developed hands-on approaches.

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For a National Action Plan on Migration

The implementation of the UN Global Compact for Migration could provide an opportunity for an overall approach to migration policy in Germany.

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Integration Requires Democratic Participation

Refugees and migrants want to participate politically and socially in their new home country of Germany. Integration experts, policymakers, and immigrants discussed in Berlin how this could be done.

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„German Society Has to Rise to the Challenge of Discussing Values Again“

With the fellowship at the McCain Institute in the US, Talitha Goldmann-Kefalas is preparing for her leadership action plan in Germany, where she wants to establish new ways to integrate female refugees in society.

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International Study: Refugees Seeking to Engage in Political Life

The study researches the political participation of refugees and its impacts on host and home countries.

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The German-Indian Classroom: Experiences and recommendations from six years of joint project work

Under the project "German-Indian Classroom", German-Indian school partnerships were initiated and funded from 2011 to...

We Choose Freedom

Exile journalists from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan write about freedom, democracy, and...

Chancen in der Krise: Zur Zukunft der Flüchtlingspolitik in Deutschland und Europa

Annual German-language publication of the "Sachverständigenrat deutscher Stiftungen für Integration und Migration"...

EPIM Policy Update October 2016

The Policy update by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is prepared for civil society...

Theodor Heuss Medal for a Novel Refugee Accommodation

Grandhotel Cosmopolis in Augsburg is at the same time a hotel, refugee accommodation, and an artistic workshop - in other words, an innovative residential and social project. This "grand hotel" enables people to meet, get to know each other, and share their experiences.

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About this focus area

It is just about impossible to imagine Germany today without cultural and religious diversity: Migrants become German citizens. Different cultures and religions live in close proximity and are dependent on each other for their future. Globalization is no longer an abstract phenomenon - it has arrived in full force.

Even events that occur in supposedly far-off regions of the world have a direct impact on our daily lives. Probably no other crisis in recent memory demonstrated this connection as clearly as the question of dealing with refugees in Europe. We now have to find medium- to long-term strategies for their integration and inclusion in society.

With our projects, we demonstrate that our society can embrace and structure the plurality of cultures and religions. Our work has a real-world focus and promotes an effective welcoming culture of recognition for immigrants to Germany. Against that backdrop, we are concentrating on two aspects:

Theodor Barth

Integration and Participation of Migrants

How living together can be achieved in a diverse society is decided in a local context. That is why we support the establishment of institutions and offerings for new target groups and thus the opportunity for all people living in Germany to participate in society. Target groups of our work include administrative, educational, health, and cultural institutions, civic organizations, volunteers, and refugees.

Max Lautenschläger

Open and Objective Discourse about Migration

We see ourselves as an independent platform for the qualified discussions between experts and decision-makers. Using practical and fundamental research projects, we expand the knowledge base of the discussions on migration - in particular on the influx of refugees - and develop different courses of action. We support projects that make compromise on collaborative European refugee policies possible. We foster differentiated reporting as well as civic and cultural projects that strengthen an open and cohesive attitude toward migrants. Our target group consists of academics and experts, as well as decision-makers from the worlds of politics, administration, business and civil society, nongovernmental organizations and lobby groups, cultural institutions, civic initiatives, and journalists.