Bridges instead of bubbles

Immigration and Digitalization

Digitalization and social media are seen as drivers of social division and isolation. But at the same time, they can also improve cohesion. Three projects we are supporting show that people with a migratory history are particularly using digital media, digital tools and digital services to network in Germany and overcome social barriers. Cross-border Facebook groups, empathetic chatbots, migrants as coaches at counseling centers: this dossier focuses on Germany’s immigration society in 2022.

Frau mit Smartphone
Anna Aicher
Interactive interview

What can a chatbot do for people who have experienced discrimination?

Social media communities and integration

The invisible support network

Social media communities can play an important role in the integration of newcomers. We logged onto the Facebook group "Russian-speaking Moms in Germany".
Digital services for immigrants

New Links into Society

Digital Active Women project: Women who have recently come to Germany are helping municipalities and counseling centers to better meet immigrants’ needs.
Anti-discrimination tool

The bot at your side

Every year, thousands of people experience discrimination in Germany. Said Haider and his team are working on an intelligent chatbot that supports the victims of discrimination.
Migration forecasts

The future starts now

NowCasting uses real-time data analysis to predict the future development of migratory flows, for example. How exactly does this forecasting model work?