Integration CAN-D – Research Exchange and Cooperation between Canada and Germany on the Integration of Refugees

The project coordinated 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

With the project Integration CAN-D – funded by the BMBF – the collaboration was further expanded. The project aimed 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 supported knowledge transfer and activation of research activities and findings.



  • Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN)
  • Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC), Dalhousie University, Canada
  • German Network for Forced Migration Studies, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück


Gonser, M., Zimmer, K., Mühlhäußer, N., & Gluns D. (Eds.) (2020). Wissensmobilisierung und Transfer in der Fluchtforschung: Kommunikation, Beratung und gemeinsames Forschungshandeln. [Knowledge mobilization and transfer in refugee research. Communication, counseling and joint research action], with contributions in English and German. Münster: Waxmann. doi:10.31244/9783830992370

Korntheuer, A., Pritchard, P., & Maehler, D. B. (Eds.) (2017). Structural context of refugee integration in Canada and Germany. GESIS Series, vol. 15. Köln: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. doi:10.21241/ssoar.52101

Korntheuer, A., Pritchard, P., Maehler, D. B., & Wilkinson, L. (Eds.) (2020). Refugees in Canada and Germany: From research to policies and practice. GESIS Series, vol. 25. Köln: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. doi:10.21241/ssoar.66728

Project Details

Completed Projects
Department: Education and Human Development
01/2018 – 12/2020
External funding