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Canadian-German research workshop on refugee issues

7/12/2016
Representatives of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) participate in Canadian-German research workshop
On June 27 and 28, 2016, Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach, Dr. Jutta von Maurice, and Dr. Gisela Will participated in the Canadian-German research workshop on refugee issues at the Canadian embassy in Berlin. The workshop was organized by the Canadian Refugee Child Youth and Family Research Coalition (CRCYFRC) and the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN); it was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). 

After a welcome by the Canadian Ambassador Marie Gervais-Vidricaire and opening addresses by Stefan Schneider (BMBF) and Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn (German Institute for International Educational Research, DIPF, and Chairperson of the Leibniz Education Research Network), the political and scientific representatives discussed various topics in the context of the integration of refugees. In addition to the current situation of migration in Canada and Germany, research activities in both countries, such as the longitudinal refugee study ReGES, which is financed by the BMBF and conducted at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, were presented.
Moreover, diverse topics (e.g., language acquisition, structural and social integration, health and trauma, social acceptance) as well as various educational stages (e.g., early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, the transition from school to the vocational training system) were focused on, scientific approaches were discussed, and opportunities for cooperation were explored. These revolved around the following central questions: Which theoretical concepts, methods, and instruments are relevant to individual key issues? What are specific challenges that are connected to the target group of refugees, and what particular advantages can an international cooperation provide?