Report on the first InGRID-2 Summer School at DIW Berlin

Report of November 22, 2018

Summer School “Advanced Research on Integration of Migrants and Refugees” and EU-SILC Training Workshop “Comparative Research on Migration”, October 22-26, 2018

The 2018 summer school for early-stage researchers combined advanced research on the integration of refugees and migrants with training in the use of a clone of EU-SILC longitudinal data for Germany. The clone was created with the help of SOEP data and is especially valuable in the study of methodological issues in migration research. The different migration subsamples in the SOEP allow more detailed analysis of first- and later-generation migrants in Germany than the original EU-SILC sample provided by Eurostat.

The InGRID Team at DIW Berlin selected 27 of the 154 proposals submitted for the summer school. It was attended by 22 young researchers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, and the Czech Republic. Jürgen Schupp, Vice-Director of SOEP at DIW Berlin, and Maria Metzing opened the summer school on Monday. Over the course of the week, there were four keynote speeches, eight sessions, a poster session where participants presented their work, and a training workshop on the EU-SILC clone.

The first keynote by Tuba Bircan (HIVA-KU Leuven) discussed the representation of migrants in large-scale surveys. The second keynote by Herbert Brücker (IAB, BIM, and Humboldt University Berlin) presented the theoretical framework and discussed descriptive results on the integration of refugees into the labor market. On Wednesday, Roland Verwiebe (University of Vienna) gave a third keynote “On changing social stratification of the city: Why are migrants declining from the middle of society in Vienna?” In the late afternoon, participants attended a screening of the documentary, “Iuventa,” on the rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. After the film, conference participants discussed the refugee situation in the Mediterranean and the work of NGOs with one of the film’s producers and one of the main characters in the film. On Thursday, there were training workshops on EU-SILC, including a presentation by Heike Nachtigall (SOEP DIW) on EU-SILC and the SOEP clone, a presentation by Sandra Bohmann (SOEP DIW) on the SOEP, and an introduction to the clone in STATA. On Friday, Alyssa Schneebaum (WU Vienna) gave the last keynote on the “Intergenerational educational mobility of children of immigrants and natives across Europe: Evidence from the EU-SILC”.

The summer school gave participants the opportunity to present their research and receive constructive critical feedback from one of the four keynote speakers, Jürgen Schupp, Silke Hans (Georg August University Göttingen), Nicolas Legewie (SOEP / DIW Berlin), and other participants. It also featured a presentation on the InGRID-2 project with information on visiting grants and application procedures.

We thank all of the participants in the workshop for their presentations, keynote speeches, and feedback. Special thanks go to Christine Kurka (SOEP DIW) and Janina Britzke (SOEP DIW) for their support in the organization of the event.