The challenges of migration, integration, and exclusion
(WiMi - Wissenschaftsinitiative Migration und Integration)
Susanne Becker, Annett Fleischer, Simona Pagano, Miriam Schader, Steven Vertovec,
Shahd Seethaler-Wari, Magdalena Suerbaum
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In 2015 and 2016, Germany received nearly 1.2 million people who were seeking asylum. German politics and society engaged in a massive set of restructurings in order to process, accommodate, and integrate such an immense intake of people. In order to undertake cutting-edge research and provide a comprehensive understanding of what was occurring during this period in Germany, the President of the Max Planck Society called for a large-scale, interdisciplinary initiative on migration and integration. In this way, the “WIMI” initiative emerged as a far-reaching, joint research program of the Max Planck Society. The collaborative research program involves researchers from across a range of disciplines at six prestigious Max Planck Institutes. These are: (1) the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg); (2) the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock); (3) the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (Munich); (4) the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin); (5) the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle); and (6) the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen). It is led by Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets (Director, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle), Prof. Steven Vertovec and Prof. Ayelet Shachar (both Directors, MPI-MMG).