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Project duration 01.05.2020 - 31.10.2023

School integration of newly immigrated children: An environmental multilevel perspective

The project aims to identify determinants of the integration in school of refugee and newly immigrated children. Therefore, the study focuses on children with experiences of displacement and on ethnic minorities from (South) Eastern Europe (e.g., Romani people) whose integration is a challenge for regions like the Ruhr area.

Project description

Primary school is of great importance for successful educational trajectories. Thus, the project zeroes in on this school period in order to identify aspects promoting resilience that qualify for a successful transition to secondary school. 


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The study on children with refugee and migration experience aims to tackle three main areas: A) The study examines the influence of family and extracurricular contexts on educational participation and integration. B) It analyses the quality of the relations that those children develop with teachers and peers alike and the associated support that should have a positive impact on learning motivation and school achievement. C) The project also scrutinizes the multiple determinants when transitioning from primary school to secondary school with the option to take one’s A-levels with respect to the potential, the competencies and the educational aspiration. In order to analyze these questions, the study will conduct surveys in the fourth grade.

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.