Solidarity in the Receiving Society: perceptions of refugees and determinants for engagement and willingness to help (January 2022 – May 2024)

This research project of the SVR Research Unit has been developed in the context of more recent refugee migration patterns towards Germany. It will focus on the perspective of the (“receiving”) population, in particular its willingness to support refugees and the underlying motivational factors that result in engagement. On the one hand, the project asks to what extent different motivations to volunteer are linked to a willingness to help (Ukrainian) refugees. On the other hand, it also asks how the willingness to help refugees from Ukraine differs from attitudes towards refugees from parts of the world that are culturally and geographically further removed, such as Syria or Nigeria.

Based on a longitudinal online survey of adults in Germany, the study aims to identify new findings in relation to the attitudes and engagement of a “receiving population”. This in turn will be used as the basis for developing strategies and practical approaches that can be used by those implementing integration policies, to promote engagement in civil society and embed long-term solidarity with refugees more effectively.

The project will continue until the first quarter of 2024. An initial policy brief was published in July 2023, with another publication planned for 2024. The research project is funded by the Stiftung Mercator.


Policy Brief (Summary)

Selective Solidarity? What makes people willing to help refugees.


Contact
Dr Nora Storz
Researcher
Tel +49 30. 288 86 59 – 26
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Alex Wittlif
Researcher
Tel +49 30. 288 86 59 – 31
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