National Monitoring of Discrimination and Racism (NaDiRa)

In July 2020, the German Bundestag provided funding to establish a National Monitoring of Discrimination and Racism (NaDiRa) at the DeZIM Institute, with the aim of investigating the causes, extent and consequences of racism in Germany.

With the National Monitoring of Discrimination and Racism, DeZIM is creating the basis for the long-term monitoring of racism in Germany.
Dr. Cihan Sinanoğlu, Head of the Racism Monitoring (NaDiRa) unit

Main research areas

The  National Monitoring of Discrimination and Racism (NaDiRa) consists of a recurring representative survey conducted with the general population and with people affected by racism, as well as experiments and analyses of media and institutions. Multi-method and interdisciplinary teams have been carrying out the research in these areas since 2021.

  • The representative survey provides information on how widespread racist attitudes are in the general population. For this purpose, around 6,000 people with and without a migration history are periodically questioned. The survey also determines the extent of experiences of racism.
  • Analyses of the structures, norms and organisational cultures of institutions provide insights into structural racism.
  • Analyses of reporting on racism study the level of attention the subject of racism receives in the public debate and how the discourse has changed over time.
  • Individual studies examine among other things how racism is perceived, what significance it has for specific social groups, what methods can be used to detect it, and how racism affects individual people, social groups and society as a whole.

Since 2020, another major element of the Racism Monitor (NaDiRa) has been a process of support by civil society: a group of experts including communities affected by racism are supporting the research processes of the Racism Monitor (NaDiRa).


The National Monitoring of Discrimination and Racism (NaDiRa) combines

  • quantitative,
  • qualitative and
  • experimental methods.

In order to research the causes, extent and consequences of racism, representative surveys of the general population and of the people affected are combined with legal, statistical, socio-psychological, healthcare, political and cultural analysis approaches.

The media analysis combines computer-aided text analysis methods with qualitative case studies and manual analyses of media content.

In addition, the scientists involved are developing measuring instruments so that they are better able to collect data on racist ideologies and attitudes. The Data-Methods-Monitoring cluster is developing new processes for questioning target groups that are small or hard to reach. It is also setting up a dedicated online access panel offering access to these groups, in order to be able to respond to current research issues.

This combination of different methods and disciplinary approaches is unique in Germany.

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