YES! TOPICS 2018

Acceptance of Refugees in the local Environment

 

This challenge was introduced by Philipp Breidenbach, Fabian Dehos and Lea Eilers, researchers, RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen.

 

The massive wave of migrants coming to Europe since 2015 has become a central challenge for German and European politics. This topic has dominated recent the federal and regional election campaigns. Fears, prejudices and mistrust resulted in strong support for the AFD in recent elections. However, this support varies dramatically, even on a local level within cities or administrative districts. This is a signal that the success of the integration of refugees is very different regionally as well as there are very different fears related to refugees among the population.

 

A critical challenge is to learn about the different integration levels, where it turned out well and where it faltered, to understand the background to be able to formulate a solution.

 

This project could start with interviews with people about the acceptance of and problems with refugees. How do the results differ in city areas with a larger or a lower support of the AfD? The students could discuss their interview results with local authorities and politicians to develop appropriate measures to solve this integration problem.

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