Research at the DeZIM Institute is organized in three departments:

The DEPARTMENT INTEGRATION analyzes multiple processes and dynamics of social participation. This department focusses on the entire integration process. It examines the status quo and trends in this field. It is central to know that the department factors in social interactions and the majority society as important elements when analyzing processes of integration and therefore uses a whole-of-society approach; it uses innovative methodological tools for its analyses.

The DEPARTMENT CONSENSUS AND CONFLICT is dedicated to the fact that processes of migration and integration change the institutional, socio-cultural and economic conditions of host societies and therefore impact associated discourses. These processes potentially create conflicts that can be either constructive or destructive. The migration process itself is dependent on this condition, which is called the ‚context of reception‘. They are also dependent on how easily these conflicts are contained and regulated. The department is primarily dedicated to the relationship between migration and social conflicts.

The DEPARTMENT MIGRATION deals with complex patterns of current migration trends on an international (especially European) level. On the one hand, this includes a comprehensive and differentiated description on current trends, on the other hand, this includes analyzing the genesis and causes as well as the empirical examination of these trends. While the first two departments mainly look into the consequences of migration for target countries such as Germany, the DEPARTMENT MIGRATION also looks at situations and consequences for sending and transit countries assuming that important dynamics of migration are rooted in these relevant contexts.

The board of trustees of the DeZIM Association has agreed on its first research programme in its constitutent session on 25 May 2018. Each department is developing three projects:

Overview on the planned research programs of the DeZIM Institute during the set-up phase





Third generation (Monitoring)

Postmigrant Societies (Monitoring)

Migration in family contexts (Monitoring)

Senior migrants (Monitoring)

Data collection on multiple intersectional discriminations and its dynamics

Survey-approaches to collect data on irregular migration

Future in Germany – life designs and living conditions of young men and women with a migration background

Civic education and the work of youth associations in relation to Muslim youth

Plurality of migration backgrounds and its impact on German society