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Research Exchange and Cooperation between Canada and Germany on the Integration of Refugees

The project coordinates the research exchange and cooperation of researchers in Canada and Germany focusing on the research topic of integration of refugees.

Project Description

In the spring of 2016, researchers from the Canadian research coalition CYRRC and the Leibniz Education Research Network LERN started to exchange information and initiate research collaborations on the integration of refugees. The partners organized two research workshops funded by BMBF, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and SSHRC-CRSH, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Participants shared information on the structural contexts regarding the immigration of refugees to Germany and Canada and identified four common research themes:

  • Economic, social, and political challenges facing refugee children, youth, and families
  • Language, literacy, and learning
  • Social integration, human rights, social stigma, culture, and security/violence
  • Mental health and the social determinants of well-being

The current project aims to support and coordinate the joint research activities in Germany and Canada and their presentation at national and international research conferences.

In addition to research networking, the project supports knowledge transfer and activation of research activities and findings. A major goal is to expand the research network continuously; if interested please contact: Zahide Marquardt-Gültepe





Korntheuer, A., Pritchard, P., Maehler, D. B., & Wilkinson, L. (Eds.). (2020). Refugees in Canada and Germany: From Research to Policies and Practice (GESIS-Schriftenreihe, 25). Köln: GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. https://doi.org/10.21241/ssoar.66728

Buchwald, S. (2019). Zwei Lehrkräfte pro Klasse – Um geflüchtete Kinder besser zu integrieren, fordern Experten mehr Personal. Interview mit Katrin Lindner, Sprachwissenschaftlerin am Institut für Germanistik an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 9. September 2019.

Korntheuer, A., Pritchard, P., & Maehler, D. B. (Eds.). (2017). Structural context of refugee integration in Canada and Germany. GESIS Series, vol. 15.

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Karin Zimmer

Project Team

Project Details

Current projects
01/2018 – 12/2020
External funding
Department: Education and Human Development
Contact: Zahide Marquardt-Gültepe, Coordinator
last modified May 20, 2020

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