Given the virtual absence of robust data on this topic, the first aim of the study will be to describe the newly arrived immigrant groups and their educational careers. Alongside the examination of these individual educational careers, it will also be necessary in particular to consider the management, from an organizational perspective, of this integration policy challenge in the everyday lives of the educational institutions and the conditions that either support or obstruct it.

A further objective is the examination of the influence of migration-specific factors on educational outcomes. Particular attention will be paid to those conditioning factors where a systemic difference is suspected between the newly arrived refugees and those children and young people with a migration background who have been living in Germany for some time; for example, residential status, return orientation, and length of stay.

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The poorer grasp of German, which is probably associated with these specific conditions, likewise represents a key element that requires close scrutiny. Moreover, aspects that are also a focal point of previous migration research are also taken into account (e.g., size of ethnic group, embedding in ethnic networks, cultural distance).



The study will follow children and youths as well as their parents for an extended period after their escape from conflict areas, and it will collect scientifically reliable data in the surveys. This aims to create a better understanding of the conditioning factors that will lead to successful integration by education.