Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Migration and Gender


New project for DeZIM-Rassismusmonitor

Showing your religion: The hijab and the equality of opportunities in the german labour market


This project will focus on variations of anti-muslim racism and its effects for the labour market integration of muslims living in germany. For a more comprehensive approach the project combines the categories of religion and gender with a focus on the significance of wearing a hijab or headscarf. The project is managed by Prof. Dr. Zerrin Salikutluk (Humboldt University of Berlin), Magdalena Krieger (DIW Berlin) und Dr. Simon Kühne (Bielefeld University).


Call for Papers: Second DeZIM-Networking Meet Up and DeZIM-Workshop series 


On the 12th of November 2020, from 11-18 o'clock, the second DeZIM-Networking Meet Up will take place as part of the DeZIM-Workshop series. The Title will be "Please Mind the Gap! Zum Verhältnis von Migration und Gender in der Integrations- und Migrationsforschung". Researchers with a focus on migration and gender are invited to register with the organizers Katrin Menke at and Varthini Sivapatham at Young scientists who would like to present their work are welcomed to submit an abstract until 20.09 with the organizers.


New paper with Georg Lorenz, Zsófia Boda und Malte Jansen in the British Journal of Sociology of Education



Educational expectations are a key predictor of educational attainment. Throughout adolescence, friends increasingly function as ‘significant others’ and, thus, can affect the development of these expectations. Although scholars often interpret the clustering of students with similar expectations within friendship networks as the outcome of peer influence, a similarity of friends can also be a result of friendship selection processes and preselection due to ability tracking. We apply multilevel social network models to panel data of adolescents from Germany (1,992 ninth-grade students in 91 classes) to disentangle these mechanisms. Beyond selecting similar friends (homophily), we find that adolescents adapt their expectations towards the average expectations of their friends (social influence) but only in secondary-school tracks that support diverse educational paths. We conclude that peer socialization is important for the development of students’ educational expectations in contexts that are sufficiently heterogeneous to allow for the emergence of distinct peer milieus. Link


New paper with Jonas Wiedner and Johannes Giesecke in WSI-Mitteilungen issue 03/2020



Current debates on structural changes within the German labour market due to technological development rarely touch upon the consequences these changes imply for immigrants. In this article, the authors thus investigate how structural change in the German economy has affected labour market integration amongst immigrants. Using data gathered from the German micro-census between the years 1976 and 2013, they compare the labour market outcomes relating to Germans and first-generation Turkish immigrants. The results demonstrate that the differences in qualification levels between both groups have increased due to educational expansion in Germany. At the same time, formal qualifications have become more important as the German labour market has been increasingly dominated by the service sector. As a result, male Turkish immigrants in particular face increasingly higher unemployment risks, lower occupational positions and lower incomes compared to German nationals. Contrary to the predictions of standard theories, the labour market chances for immigrants have not improved over time. Rather, sectoral change has had negative consequences for the economic integration of the first generation of Turkish immigrants. Link


Workshop "Alltagsmobilität und gleichberechtigte Teilhabe - Motor für gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt?" vom 24.01.2020

pictures: Zerrin Salikutluk

On the 24th january the first workshop for the project "Gesunde Teilhabe- Die Verknüpfung von Gesundheit, Sport, Mobilität und sozialer Kohäsion" took place, financed by the Berlin University Alliance. The aim of the workshop was to generate an exchange between scientific, civil and political agents and to gather different perspectives on the topics of participation, mobility and social cohesion.

After introductions were completed they were followed by a short keynote by the research team. As intended a lively discussion ensued about the subject of everyday mobility of private households. In the beginning one of the focuses was the connection between mobility as a requirement for the participation of different social groups. As a result the emphasis shifted towards obstacles for mobility as an equal and sustainable concept - which was not only discussed on an individual but also on a societal and political level. However the discussion also brought opportunities to light which might go hand in hand with a more equal and sustainable concept of mobility. For instance an improvement in everyday living or in a more eco-friendly economy.

 The workshop was concluded with a wrap up by the research team with a perspective for further colaboration. The event was a successful start for the developement of a transdisciplinary project.



pictures: Tobias Weidmann