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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How to map the interrelations between bullying, migration, and integration at school and classroom level? The Joint Focal Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research and the COST Action “Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration, and Integration at School Level” took place online on February 18-19 2021 to address this issue.

160 attendees from 31 countries contributed to a vivid exchange in the context of keynote lectures and various session formats. Keynotes by Dr. Georg Lorenz and Prof. Elena Makarova offered in-depth insights into processes of social and structural integration (Lorenz) and acculturation (Makarova) in school and their meaning for school social relationships. Against this backdrop, Prof. Dagmar Strohmeier offered a systematic analysis of research and key findings on school bullying related to migration in a multicultural context. Prof. Sameer Hinduja presented the state-of-the-art of cyberbullying research and showed how schools and educational institutions can better serve outsider/marginalized youth.  

Practice-related sessions offered insights into programs and initiatives to counteract bullying and discrimination in varying educational settings. Examples are the “Literature Opera Cologne”, a theatre training project for pupils from high-risk schools, or a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller antibullying project delivered by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (UK). The complementary approaches and viewpoints presented provided a sound basis for inter- and transdisciplinary discourses to better understand the challenges culturally diverse settings pose for social learning and social interaction in schools, and to find ways to turn these challenges into resources.

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)


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