Joint Focal Meeting InZentIM and COST CA18115 (2021)

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” aims to map the field regarding the interrelations between bullying, migration, and integration at the school and classroom level. The Meeting is 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, will provide the Action Members and Working Groups a broader embedding into research on migration and integration in educational contexts. Some of the leading questions to be addressed in the keynotes and in expert panels are: 

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?  


Draft Programme


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Meeting Date

February 18 & 19, 2021
Online via Zoom


Registration will be open in the second half of January.


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

Prof. Dr. Hermann Josef Abs (InZentIM)

Paulena Müller (Organisation)

Further Links

COST Action CA 18115: Homepage