The German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) is a political and scientific initiative in order to strengthen excellent and internationally visible integration and migration research in Germany. DeZIM fosters a sustainable exchange between universities and other research institutions. On this basis, it provides consulting to political actors, civil society and the interested public on issues of integration and migration. DeZIM is a two pillar model based on the DeZIM Institute and the DeZIM Research Community.
The rising number of global and European migration flows as well as the overall demographic change have placed issues of migration and integration at the center of socio-political debates in Germany. Therefore, DeZIM considers itself as a platform to bundle existing competencies in this field. Public and political debates often lack empirical evidence and instead often spread personal impressions, hearsay and speculations. At times of perceived uncertainty as well as heightened emotionality regarding issues of migration and integration, there is a need to respond with evidence-based and valid data and analyses. This is where the work of DeZIM starts.
In 2016, the German Bundestag decided to commission the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) to establish a German Center for Integration and Migration Research. The former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Dr. Katarina Barley, signed a cooperation agreement with the Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research on 28 June 2017 to promote and support integration and migration research. In addition, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs signed cooperation agreements with the federal states of Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemberg. Other federal states are already in negotiation to become further cooperation partners.
DeZIM is based on two pillars: the DeZIM Institute and the DeZIM Research Community. The DeZIM Institute is a Ministry-funded research institute headquartered in Berlin. It supports the work of the Ministry by providing excellent research and empirical data on relevant and urgent socio-political issues regarding:
The DeZIM Research Community consists of the following central institutions in the field of migration and integration research in Germany:
The DeZIM Research Community enables an intensive exchange between these interdisciplinary institutions to develop innovative research perspectives and synergies between different research areas.
„The German Center for Integration and Migration Research will be unique in the German research landscape. We will be creating a sustainable research infrastructure, which we need to close research gaps and actively foster integration. We have to counter misinformation and speculations with facts!“
Dr. Katarina Barley (Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)
„Integration and migration are one of the big topics of our time. In order to cope with these tasks in politics and in society we require well-founded scientific results. That’s the reason why it is so important to finally strengthen the integration and migration research in Germany together. In cooperation with a country-wide network of renowned institutes Berlin will provide an excellent home to this new Center.“
Michael Müller (Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Higher Education and Research)