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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
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.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Justine Stang-Rabrig

Project team

  • Sebastian Nicolas Thomas Vogel

External project partners