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Lecture series: Wala‘ Maaitah presents project about perceived discrimination

2/2/2017

As part of the lecture series “Refugees in Germany – Educational Trajectories and Social Integration”,  Wala’ Maaitah, doctoral candidate in the field of social psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, presented her research on perceived discrimination at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

Wala‘ Maaitah gave a talk entitled “Rejection Identification Model: The Case of Middle Eastern Refugees in Germany” at the LIfBi.  

Her lecture entitled “Rejection Identification Model: The Case of Middle Eastern Refugees in Germany” focused on the question of how perceived discrimination influences the well-being and attitudes toward the out-group. To investigate this question, Maaitah had interviewed three different groups: Syrian refugees in Germany, German university students, and Mexicans living in the USA.

Regarding the people with a refugee background living Germany, the guest lecturer pointed out that, as a native speaker, she had conducted the interviews in Arabic herself—which allowed her to approach the refugees in a specific way. Moreover, Maaitah referred to psychological mechanisms that are influential in the context of subjectively perceived discrimination.

The public lecture series “Refugees in Germany – Educational Trajectories and Social Integration”, which is hosted by the LIfBi as part of project “ReGES–Refugees in the German Educational System” whose funding is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), will continue in the coming weeks. All dates for 2017 can be found here.