Perceptions, Prevalence and Consequences of Everyday Discrimination

Research question/goal: 

Over the past few decades, Germany has undergone a transformation from a largely ethnically homogenous population to an increasingly diverse destination for immigrants from around the world. As many new immigrants come from religiously and culturally different societies, how can immigrants successfully integrate into German society? One main barrier to integration is discrimination. While the negative physical and mental health effects of discrimination in the labour or housing markets have been well documented, even much subtler forms of discrimination can lead to negative health outcomes and lower life satisfaction among immigrants and ethnic minorities. Using survey and field experimental data, this study aims to investigate the impact of everyday discrimination or subtle, unintentional differences in the behaviour of members of a native majority in their interactions with members of minority groups. Everyday discrimination has perhaps become the most common form of discrimination due to shifting societal norms that discourage more overt differential treatment. Thus, understanding everyday discrimination is key to understanding immigrants’ and ethnic minorities’ experiences in contemporary Germany and may also help explain disparities in well-being and integration outcomes.

Current stage: 

The application for a Freigeist Fellowship at the VW Foundation was not successful. The project proposal is currently being revised, and part of it will be submitted to the Thyssen Foundation or the DFG in 2023. The primary aim of the proposed research is to develop novel survey and field experimental indicators of everyday discrimination. These indicators will be used to identify the most problematic forms of microaggressions against different minority groups in Germany and to causally assess the impact of discrimination on sociopolitical and life course outcomes across a broad range of minority groups.

Fact sheet

2020 to 2026
in preparation
Data Sources: 
original data (survey and field experimental data)
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