Cooperation Projects of the DeZIM Research Community

Migration and integration research in Germany has no central structure and is decentrally organized. Therefore the current infrastructure is unable to provide an efficient structure to cover the increasing need of information in this field. To solve this problem and to close existing research gaps as well as to collectively strengthen research, scholarship and teaching in this field DeZIM has created joint structures to bundle expertise as well as to strengthen the field by putting an extra emphasis on early-career researchers. DeZIM connects existing research institutions through new intensive forms of cross-institutional cooperation that contribute towards the strengthening and profiling of migration research in Germany.


This new cooperation supports the structural development of DeZIM and overall strengthens the research community in this field. There is a close cooperation between the DeZIM Institute and the DeZIM Research Community. The DeZIM Institute disseminates the research results (from the DeZIM Institute and the DeZIM Research Community) into the public and political sphere (in particular into the different departments of the BMFSFJ) as well as to the interested public. In the following you will find more details on the ten cooperation projects of the DeZIM Research Community (BIM, IAB, IKG, IMIS, InZentIM, MZES, WZB):

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ExiTT: Exit – Transit – Transformation

The project ExiTT aims at preparing a large-scale research project that documents and analyzes processes of migration.

Pilot project: Forschungskolleg Migration

The international pilot project “Forschungskolleg Migration“ is a discussion platform aimed at advancing new research fields in migration research, identifying research gaps and supporting project work of the DeZIM Research Community.

ReNeEd: Research Needs in Education

ReNeEd – Research Needs in Education – aims at determining research needs in the integration research within the education sector from the perspective of professional pedagogic staff with an immigration background in order to systemize formal and non-formal education settings.

DeZIM Research Coordinators

The DeZIM Research Coordinators identify research gaps, help develop new innovative research perspectives, bundle existing research competencies, as well as prevent the duplification of research through their coordinated work.

GeFF: Refugee Women and Families

The project ‘Refugee Women and Families’ is conducted in cooperation with the IAB and investigates refugee migration of women and families.

RADIKAL: Religious Extremism and Radicalisation from a Migration and Integration Theory Perspective

The aim of the project ‘RADIKAL’ is to further the understanding of the relation between migration, religion and radicalisation.

ARBEIT: The Role of Discrimination for the labor market integration of young people with a migration background

The aim of the subproject ARBEIT is to analyze the causes for the discrimination of people with a migration background in the labor market as well as to investigate the relative influence of discrimination and other potential causes (e.g. educational differences).

DFZ: Data Service and Research Center

This project aims at identifying and establishing the functions/elements of the Data Service and Research Center (DFZ) at the DeZIM Institute for a medium to long-term use.

FemPart: Civic Engagement of Women with a Migration Background: Inclusion and Participation in Refugee Support Work

A notable part of volunteers in refugee support work are women with migration experience themselves: more than 70% of volunteers in refugee support work are women and nearly 16% have a migration background. However, the involvement of migrants in this field has mostly been neglected politically, scientifically and even in the media.

MigTex: Text Resources for Migration and Integration Research

The aim of the project is to identify text resources which are relevant for migration and integration research (i.e. corpora, dictionaries, annotations, training data), to transform these resources into sustainable data formats and to make them accessible for the research community.

Participating DeZIM Institutions

The DeZIM Research Community consists of central players from the integration and migration research field in Germany. Currently these seven institutions are part of the DeZIM Research Community:

Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM) an der HU BerlinInstitut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB)Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (IKG), Universität BielefeldInstitut für Migrationsforschung und interkulturelle Studien (IMIS), Universität OsnabrückInterdisziplinäres Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (InZentIM) an der Universität Duisburg-EssenMannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES) an der Universität MannheimWissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)