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The research unit examines the topic of immigration and integration from different perspectives. On the cultural dimension, migration raises questions of national identity, and – particularly under the influence of Muslim immigration – of state-church relationships. The social dimension deals with the importance of social capital and civil society structures for the integration of immigrants. Politically, the issue of migration has given new topicality to the question of "citizenship", i.e. a person's belonging to a particular political and social community. Economically, migration is a challenge for the European welfare states.

Although European countries have been confronted with comparable immigration flows and integration problems, they have often dealt with them in widely divergent ways. Immigration and integration policies are strongly influenced by national political-cultural traditions and political institutions. The department's research is therefore consistently internationally comparative, focusing on the connections between institutional structures, integration policy and their effects in the above-mentioned areas.


Melinda Biolchini
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Mail: melinda.biolchini [at]

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D-10785 Berlin

Research Reports of the Research Department

8th Annual Conference on Migration and Diversity

September 14 - 16, 2022

Does Culture Matter for Integration?
Empirical Patterns and Regulation of Difference


The conference seeks to advance the analytical understanding of the role of culture and religion in shaping integration trajectories of immigrants and their descendants, the degree and the determinants of cultural assimilation, and the role of receiving and sending society institutions in regulating cultural diversity arising from immigration.

Please register here if you wish to attend the conference as a guest

Book Cover Tommaso Virgili
Book Release

Tommaso Virgili (2022)

Islam, Constitutional Law and Human Rights. Sexual Minorities And Freethinkers In Egypt And Tunisia


Book Cover Gulay Turkmen
Oxford University Press
Book Release

Gülay Türkmen (2021)

Under the Banner of Islam. Turks, Kurds, and the Limits of Religious Unity

Oxford University Press

Buchcover Das verfallene Haus des Islam
Book Release

Ruud Koopmans (2020)

Das verfallene Haus des Islam - Die religiösen Ursachen von Unfreiheit, Stagnation und Gewalt