To round off the lecture series at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Claudia Lechner, Anna Huber, and Bernd Holthusen from the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut, DJI) in Munich presented their study “Unaccompanied and accompanied underage refugees—life situations, needs, experiences, and perspectives from the youths’ point of view”. The lecture shed light on methodological challenges and results of the first survey wave.
Claudia Lechner, Anna Huber, and Bernd Holthusen (from right) from the DJI in Munich gave a talk at the LIfBi about the situation of unaccompanied and accompanied underage refugees.
Field access, the selection of youths, and the use of interpreters during the interviews, as well as the role of the interviewers and the arrangement of the setting presented particular challenges. As the study has the aim of mapping the great heterogeneity of adolescent refugees as precisely as possible, there were no restrictions regarding the selection of youths that were interviewed. Moreover, the guest lecturers emphasized the explorative character of the first wave of their research project. In various institutions, a total of more than 100 underage refugees were interviewed during the first months of their stay in Germany.
At the end of the event, the guests from the German Youth Institute gave an outlook on the second and third wave, which will take place this year and the next, aiming to trace, in particular, the integration trajectories of those surveyed youths in Germany.