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).