The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration is based on an initiative of the Stiftung Mercator and the Volkswagen Foundation. The initiative includes seven member foundations. In addition to the Stiftung Mercator and the Volkswagen Foundation, the member foundations are: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Freudenberg Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stifterverband and Vodafone Foundation Germany.
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How to shape a new European refugee policy? – Journalists from Southern Europe visit SVR offices
Berlin, 10 December 2018
Germany’s European policy was subject of a seminar for journalists from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, organised by the European Academy Berlin and supported by the Federal Foreign Office. Jan Schneider welcomed the group of media representatives (among others from newspapers such as La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera and La Stampa) in SVR’s office building in Berlin. In his input presentation Jan gave an overview of the state-of-play with regard to the legal reform of the Common European Asylum System, which seems doomed to fail in the run-up of the EP elections in 2019. He referred to fairness and solidarity as important goals of a comprehensive reform, the latter of which appeared key, if support of the Mediterranean EU Member States was to be safeguarded.
SVR’s Research Unit has lately published a paper on the future European Union Asylum Agency, which can be downloaded here.
Simon Morris-Lange Presents Research Findings at Australian International Education Conference
Sydney, 9–12 October 2018
After finishing their education at a university abroad, most international students wish to stay in their host country in order to gain some work experience. However, despite government efforts to ease visa restrictions, many international graduates struggle to find a job. The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) invited Simon Morris-Lange, Deputy Head of the Expert Council’s Research Unit, to shed light on the German perspective on post-study work rights and international student retention and to take part in two panel discussions on the topic.
The panel discussions featured experts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Seeking to discuss and compare the designs and outcomes of post-study work rights across different countries, Jo Attwooll (Universities UK) shared her experiences of advocating for a change in the UK’s restrictive policies in this area. Dr Rahul Choudaha (Studyportals) assessed the outcomes of the U.S. Optional Practical Training Program. Rebecca Hall (Austrade) shed light on the much-politicized changes to post-study work rights for international students in Australia, and Brett Berquist (University of Auckland, IEAA) discussed the implications of New Zealand’s efforts in this area, making use of administrative data tracking of international university graduates.
The two panel discussions were attended by government officials, researchers, and university presidents and administrators.
Global refugee resettlement: What do the statistics tell us? Contribution to IOM Migration Data Portal
Berlin, 23 August 2018
How many refugees benefit from resettlement each year? Which countries accept the largest numbers of resettled refugees? While these seem to be straightforward questions, a closer look at the data reveals a number of gaps and uncertainties. In a blog post for the Migration Data Portal of the International Organization for Migration, the Expert Council’s Research Unit analyses some of the pitfalls associated with global resettlement statistics. The full article is available here.
The blog post draws on earlier Research conducted by Karoline Popp of the Research Unit ans published as a Policy Brief in June 2018. The Policy Brief can be downloaded here.
What Next for Global Refugee Policy? Opportunities and Limits of Resettlement at Global, European and National Levels
Berlin, 13 June 2018
Only a small minority of refugees worldwide currently has access to resettlement programmes. In this present crisis in global refugee policy, resettlement is nonetheless a promising approach to dealing with refugee situations. The Policy Brief analyses the state of play as regards the resettlement system in Germany, Europe and at global level, as well as the development and implementation of alternative admission pathways such as humanitarian programmes and private sponsorship schemes. Based on this analysis, the Policy Brief discusses whether resettlement is an alternative or addition to territorial asylum and how alternative pathways can fit into the mix of available admission procedures, and it presents recommendations for action in regard to developing resettlement policy. The Policy Brief can be downloaded here.
Infographic: How can refugees find protection? (click to enlarge the image)
Asylum Centers outside of Europe – Arguments For and Against
Brussels, 13 November 2017
The idea of relocating asylum procedures to dedicated reception centers in transit countries outside the European Union has been discussed many times. While proponents stress that this would reduce highly risky irregular migration, opponents doubt that such centers could comply with human rights principles and point out numerous legal, political, and practical obstacles.
On the initiative of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), academic and political experts, along with representatives of national and international (non-)governmental organizations, met in Brussels on 13 November 2017 to discuss challenges and possible models. Karoline Popp of SVR’s Research Unit spoke about the basic and practical challenges that must be considered when creating extra-territorial asylum centers.
Simon Morris-Lange Discusses Inclusive Schools at European Expert Meeting
Berlin, 19 June 2017
How to boost the educational achievements of first- and second-generation migrants? In order to examine the main challenges and choices facing policymakers in the near future, the Migration Policy Institute Europe invited education and integration experts to discuss structural challenges and promising innovations at a roundtable on 19 June in Berlin. The event was organized and held in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.
Simon Morris-Lange, Deputy Head of the Expert Council’s Research Unit, was invited to join the roundtable at which he presented research findings on initial and in-service teacher training. Over the course of the day, other key topics included the untapped potential of civics and citizenship education and the role of technology in improving educational opportunities for all students.
The roundtable was attended by experts from the European Commission, national ministries of education and integration, as well as education practitioners from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Portugal.
Berlin, 7 February 2017
German Social Science Archive GESIS just published the complete data set of the study entitled “Internationally Mobile”, conducted among emigrants from, and return migrants to Germany in 2014/15, for research purposes. The joint study was conducted by the Expert Council’s Research Unit, the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen and analysed what motivates emigrants and returnees to migrate. The study is broader in scale than ever before and spans all professional groups and qualification levels. All data and documents are released via the data portal gesis Leibnitz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften for academic research and teaching after the data depositor’s written authorization.
For more information click here.
The study as well as the report on data and methods (in German) can be downloaded here.
The English Summary can be downloaded here.
New publication: “Doubly Disadvantaged? Children and Young People with a Migration Background in the German Education System“
Berlin, 26 May 2016
The Expert Council’s Research Unit shows in this expert report that children and young people from immigrant families are doubly disadvantaged over their entire educational careers: as a result of their immigrant background, but even more importantly due to their social origin. This is the result of an in-depth analysis of the current research on the double disadvantage conducted by the Expert Council’s Research Unit. Based on the analysis, the expert report provides recommendations for policy and practice as well as for future research.
The summary can be downloaded here.
Caroline Schultz Discusses „Wealth? Immigration? Angst!”
Wuppertal, 7 April 2016
Together with Benjamin Best, researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Caroline Schultz discussed the global dimensions of migration and refugee movements and related fears that the refugee influx might overburden the German welfare state. The event was organized by the Katholisches Bildungswerk Wuppertal/Solingen/Remscheid and was the first of a series of events entitled “About the World and God”.
Audio clips and a summary of the debate can be found on the Bildungswerk’s blog (in German).