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3rd Conference Network on Refugee Research: LIfBi Presents Results of Joint Research with DIW


At the third and so far largest conference of the network on refugee research on the topic of "Contexts of refuge, protection and everyday life of refugees", LIfBi staff members participated with results from the refugee study ReGES. Together with Dr. Tamara Ehmann from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Dr. Gisela Will and Dr. Christoph Homuth organised a panel titled "Lifeworlds of children and adolescents with refugee experience – methodological challenges and initial results". In this panel, LIfBi presented joint research with Dr. Elisabeth Liebau (DIW): Using data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey and data from the ReGES study, the participation of refugee children in daycare centres was examined.


According to the SOEP data, just under 80% of preschool children with a refugee background living in Germany attend a daycare centre in the group of children over three years of age. This figure is lower than for children without a migration background (98%) or with a migration background without a refugee background (94%). Socio-economic factors, such as the parents' level of education and the mothers' participation in the labour market, help to explain some of the differences between the groups under consideration. If we look at the differences between the refugee families using the ReGES data, we see that in addition to the socio-economic factors mentioned, individual factors, such as the parents' experience with non-family childcare in their home country, and structural factors, such as the local availability of childcare places in Germany, are also relevant. Linking the individual data with characteristics at the level of the institutions (e.g. quality of the daycare centres) as well as a systematic investigation of these factors at the level of the institutions and their influence on the development of the children, on educational decisions and the participation of the parents are further important research questions that are made possible with the ReGES data.

Overall, at the network conference at the end of September, which serves as a central forum for research on flight and refugees, researchers from 47 countries presented current research results, methodical and methodological questions as well as ethical and political aspects in the context of refugee migration and discussed them in 85 virtually conducted events. From law to political science, social work, psychology, education, linguistics, sociology, economics, geography, ethnology, musicology and media studies, a wide range of perspectives on the research field were represented with current research results.

Since 2016, the BMBF-funded project ReGES has been investigating the conditions under which the integration of refugee children and young people into our education system can succeed. The aim is to investigate the integration process of young immigrants and to provide educational researchers with comprehensive data material that complies with data protection regulations. In May 2021, LIfBi will hold a conference on the topic "Arrived? On the situation of refugee children and young people in the German education system", at which, among other things, results from the ReGES project will be presented.