Joint Focal Meeting InZentIM and COST CA18115 (TRIBES)

Social Integration of Migrants in Schools – Developing Professional Skills for Bullying Prevention and Positive Social Relationships


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The Joint Focal Meeting of InZentIM and COST CA18115 “Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration, and Integration at School Level” (COST Action Chair: Prof. James O'Higgins Norman) aimed to map the field regarding the interrelations between bullying, migration, and integration at the school and classroom level. The Meeting was hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM) at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The COST Action works “towards ensuring integration, reducing bullying/enhancing the safety/well-being of refugee/migrant students, and all students in EU secondary schools, aiding in the social stability of both the individual/society” (Memorandum of Understanding, COST, 2018, p. 2.). 

Against this backdrop, InZentIM, with its well-established expertise in migration and integration research, provided the Action Members and Working Groups a broader embedding into research on migration and integration in educational contexts.


 Leading Questions

Some of the leading questions to be addressed in the keynotes and in expert panels were: 

1. What kind of educational strategies have proven successful in closing the achievement gap for migrant children and youth in Europe? 

2. How do personal and intergroup relations develop under the constraint of ethnic diversity? 

3. How do ethnic discrimination and the development of ethnic identities affect wellbeing during adolescence? 

4. How can teacher education adapt to the challenges of multi-cultural and multi-lingual school environments? 

5. How do stereotypes among teachers and students affect educational success, and what can be done to prevent their devastating effects? 

6. What are the challenges for social learning and social interaction in culturally diverse settings and how can we turn these challenges into resources? 

7. What are risk factors for adolescent aggression within schools, and how can school development contribute to prevention strategies? 

8. How can schools and communities be supported in fostering a positive, safe, and inclusive culture and climate? 

9. What are the consequences of cyberbullying for marginalized youth?

Meeting Date

February 18 & 19, 2021
Online via Zoom


Please find the meeting programme here.


Prof. Dr. Eveline Gutzwiller-Helfenfinger 
     (COST CA 18115 & InZentIM)

Prof. Dr. Hermann Josef Abs (InZentIM)

Paulena Müller (Organisation Assistant)


Keynote Addresses and Expert Panel

For more detailed information on all the keynote addresses, please visit the Keynote Page.

For more information on the InZentIM expert panel, please visit the Expert Panel Page.

The Video recordings of the keynote lectures can be accessed here.

Georg Lorenz

The Interplay of Social and Structural Integration: Selection and Influence Processes in Adolescent Social Networks Within Schools

Georg Lorenz

Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany


Thursday, February 18, 2021: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CET)

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Elena Makarova

Acculturation Process and its Meaning for Social Relationships in School

Elena Makarova

University of Basel, Switzerland


Thursday, February 18, 2021: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. (CET)

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School Bullying Related to Migration

Dagmar Strohmeier

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Linz, Austria


Friday, February 19, 2021: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (CET)


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Sameer Hinduja

Cyberbullying: What We Have Learned, and What We Can Do

Sameer Hinduja

Florida Atlantic University, USA


Friday, February 19, 2021: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (CET)

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