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BMBF funds refugee study ReGES at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

7/6/2016

Under what conditions can the integration of refugees into our educational system be successful? What are the factors that impede or defer integration? Which measures contribute to the success of integration into our society? In order to answer these and similar questions, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) approved a research proposal by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg at the end of June. The objective is to analyze the process of the integration of young migrants into the German educational system and into German society. First results will already be available in 2018. 

In order to be able to provide information on the integration of refugees into the educational system as efficiently and as soon as possible, the study ReGES (Refugees in the German Educational System) focuses on two central stages of the educational career: First, early childhood education is examined. This is not only particularly significant for the acquisition of German language skills and for the beginning of the educational career but can also support the integration of the whole family. Second, the researchers scrutinize the transition from lower secondary education to the vocational training system. This phase is of special importance for the integration into the labor market in the medium and long term.

Initially, 2,400 people from various countries of origin will be questioned in both groups. The surveys will take place in five selected German Federal States that differ on the macro level in respect to specific factors that are important for the integration of refugees. “This study, which has now been approved, allows us to scientifically accompany children and youths for an extended period of time, after their escape from crisis areas as they are growing up and into the German educational system and—based on reliable data—to better understand how we can support these children and youths,” said Dr. Jutta von Maurice, Scientific Head of the study and Executive Director of Research at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories. Coapplicants of the grant proposal include LIfBi migration expert Dr. Gisela Will and Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach, Director of the LIfBi. The study will run for five years (07/2016 to 06/2021).