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Beißert, Hanna; Mulvey, Kelly Lynn:

The openness of children and adolescents towards Syrian refugees in Germany

In: Canadian Diversity, 17 (2020) 2 , 17-22

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3b. Beiträge in weiteren Zeitschriften; praxisorientiert

Jugendlicher, Gymnasiast, Mädchen, Junge, Offenheit, Einstellung (Psy), Gruppendynamik, Erwartung, Peergroup, Freizeitverhalten, Flüchtling, Syrien, Deutsch, Sprachfertigkeit, Soziale Integration, Befragung, Deutschland

In our research, involving 100 high school students from Germany between 10 and 17 years of age, children and adolescents were generally very open towards integrating Syrian refugees in their peer activities- with girls being even more inclusive than boys. We used hypothetical scenarios in which adolescents were asked if they would include refugee peers versus local peer in their leisure time peer group activities or not. In the first part of the study, we identified host country language skills as a key element for positive social integration of refugee youths in Germany. In part two of the study, we revealed an interesting asymmetry between youths' own decisions and what they think their group would do: whereas the youth themselves were very inclusive towards Syrian peers, they expected their group to prefer German peers and expected them to less likely choose a Syrian peer for their leisure time activities. (DIPF/Orig.)

Education and Human Development