German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)—Start-up Project

Research question/goal: 

Directed by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) was founded in July 2017. It aims to strengthen, connect and advance existing structures in migration and integration research. Furthermore, it addresses crucial questions of migration and integration research while attempting to close research gaps.

DeZIM consists of two cooperating pillars: the DeZIM institute in Berlin and the DeZIM community. The DeZIM institute is currently in its developmental phase and is intended to provide departmental research. Seven prestigious research institutes that have already been conducting comprehensive migration and integration research, among them the MZES, form the DeZIM community.

The DeZIM start-up project, which was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) for a period of two years, aims to provide input in order to establish structures for the DeZIM institute and to encourage cooperation between members of the DeZIM community. In addition to three large structural projects, six content-oriented projects investigate specific aspects of migration and integration. These projects are supplemented by networking and coordination positions in all research institutes within the DeZIM community, intended to ensure intensive and systematic exchange between all institutes involved.

The Mannheim Centre for European Social Research contributes to four sub-projects within the DeZIM start-up project:

  1. DeZIM-Networking and coordination
  2. Conception and structure of the DeZIM data service and research centre
  3. ExiTT: Exit – Transit – Transformation
  4. ARBEIT: The Role of discrimination for labour market integration of young people with migration background
Current stage: 

The subprojects of the DeZIM start-up project currently focus on the following tasks:

  • Besides ensuring continuous communication and knowledge transfer between the institutions of the DeZIM community (e.g. newsletter, short publication form DeZIMinutes), the DeZIM networking and coordination project  organised several events in 2019 (e.g. Early Career Scholars’ Conference in Duisburg).
  • Within the scope of the subproject “DeZIM data service and research centre“, researchers are currently working on the practical implementation of the data archive and access possibilities to this archive.
  • The project “ExiTT” finished fieldwork  in both survey areas (Lebanon and region of Senegambia), in December 2019.
  • The project „ARBEIT“ has been completed, a central result was published in the first DeZIMinutes issue.

Fact sheet

2018 to 2020