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November 28, 2022


Workshop on the Integration of Refugee Families in Host Countries: Research Advances, Policy Improvements, and Data Challenges


November 28, 2022


Elinor Ostrom Hall
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Herbert Brücker (IAB, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Director of BIM)

This one-day workshop aims to bring together researchers working on various aspects of the integration of refugee families into host societies and discuss the most recent research developments in this field. It also aims to discuss empirical research, data collection, and policy challenges in view of the new waves of refugees expected to arrive to Europe in the near future. To this end, the workshop will also include selected presentations on the experience and results of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey, a representative survey of refugees in Germany that has been conducted as a longitudinal survey since 2016.

The workshop is financed by the project “Representative Sample of Refugee Families in Germany (GeFam2)”.

We are pleased to announce as keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Herbert Brücker
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, IAB, Director of BIM / Germany
Topc: 2
Refugee Migration: Ethical Considerations, Integration Challenges; and Achievements2


Prof. Hillel Rapoport
Paris School of Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / France
Topic: "Refugee Integration Policies in Europe"

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of their recent work no later than June 30, 2022 (23:59 EST) to

The extended abstract should not exceed two pages plus references. An appendix of at most two pages for results or figures is welcome. Submitters will be notified by July 30, 2022 on whether their paper has been accepted.

Preferred topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Labor market integration of refugees
  • Advances in language and education and their effects on integration
  • Health of refugees
  • Discrimination, xenophobia, and their impacts on integration
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees
  • Determinants of refugee migration and prospects for the near future
Remote presentation or participation will take place only in case of urgent need or if pandemic regulations force us to change to hybrid attendance. Basically all presenters confirmed participation in presence and we will be very happy of meeting all of you in person.
Paper presentations:
The time allocated to your paper is about 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).
Poster presentations:
the poster format is A0. Please send us a copy via e-mail by November 25, 2022 and bring your poster printed with you.

The workshop will take place at the DIW Berlin.

Please enter via the main entrance at Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin.

Full Program

Please also have a look on our detailed preliminary program!

08:30 - 09:00 - Arrival and Registration (1st floor, in front of E. Ostrom Hall)

09:00 - 10:00 - Opening Keynote by Prof. Dr. Herbert Brücker, introduction by Sabine Zinn

10:00 - 10:15 - Coffee Break (A. Atkinson Lounge, 1st floor)

10:15 - 12:15 - Parallel Session 1 w 4 presentations (K. Popper Room, 2nd floor)

Topics: Education and Policy, Political Preferences
Chair: Claudia Diehl

Presenter Affiliation Presentation
Jan Eckhard Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) The Role of Integration Courses in Language Acquisition of Refugees - Insights Based on Administrative Data Linked to Longitudinal Survey Data (presentation (PDF, 274.69 KB))
Gisela Will and Julian Seuring Leibniz Institute for Educational Tajectories (LIfBi) Conditions and Effects of Participation in German Language Instruction Among Refugee Children (abstract (PDF, 0.72 MB), paper)
Franziska Meyer and Oliver Winkler Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Place of residence does matter for educational integration: The relevance of spatial contexts for refugees' transition to VET in Germany (abstract (PDF, 154.48 KB))
Giulia Tura University of Milan-Bicocca The Political Response to Refugee Settlement: Cultural and Economic Drivers (abstract (PDF, 289.79 KB))

10:15 - 12:15 - Parallel Session 2 w 4 presentations (E. Ostrom Hall, 1st floor)

Topics: Labor Market, Integration into Labor Market, Labor Market / Discrimination
Chair: Markus M. Grabka

Presenter Affiliation Presentation
Murat Güray Kırdar Boğaziçi University The Labor Market Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey (abstract (PDF, 2.63 MB))
Francesco Fasani University of Milan From Refugees to Citizens: Returns to Naturalization and Labour Market Outcomes (abstract (PDF, 0.57 MB))
Hiromi Yumoto University of Birmingham Local Labour Market Training and Civic Integration Exams: Examining the Employment Outcomes of Refugees (abstract (PDF, 111.78 KB))
Anna Gasten University of Göttingen Does Perceived Labor Market Competition Increase Prejudice Between Refugees and Their Local Hosts? Evidence from Uganda and Ethiopia (abstract (PDF, 334.12 KB))

12:15 - 13:00 - Lunch (A. Atkinson Lounge, 1st floor)

13:00 - 14:00 - Poster Session (E. Ostrom Hall, 1st floor)

Chair: tbc

Presenter Affiliation Poster
Ellen Heidinger SOEP/DIW Berlin The Importance of Transnational and Local Family Ties in the Social Support Networks of Refugees (abstract (PDF, 272.31 KB), poster (PDF, 373.69 KB))
Eva Köhler University of Bamberg Early Labour Market Trajectories of Syrian Refugees Residing in Germany (abstract (PDF, 343.6 KB))
Wazah Pello Esso Lund University Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Immigrant Adolescents School Grades – A Natural Experiment (abstract (PDF, 241.33 KB))
Adriana Cardozo SOEP/DIW Berlin Labor Force Participation of Refugee Women in Germany (abstract (PDF, 370.35 KB))
Ilona Pinter London School of Economics and Political Science Children and Families’ Experiences of Employment Restrictions and Financial Support Provided under Asylum Support and Implications for Integration (abstract (PDF, 206.39 KB))
Samir Khalil University of Potsdam How Do Reception Centers Affect the Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers? Quasi-experimental Evidence from Germany (abstract (PDF, 343.6 KB))
Sabine Zinn and Andreas Ette IAB, BiB, BAMF, and SOEP/DIW Berlin Refugees from Ukraine in Germany: Construction of a Longitudinal Survey

14:00 - 15:30 - Session 3 w 3 presentations (E. Ostrom Hall, 1st floor)

Topics: Assimiliation, Culture, and Identity, Co-Ethnic Networks, Discrimination
Chair: Cornelia Kristen

Presenter Affiliation Presentation
Sulin Sardoschau Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Scared Straight? Threat and Assimilation of Refugees in Germany (abstract (PDF, 5.24 MB))
Ayşegül Kayaoğlu İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ Gender-Sensitive Effects of Ethnic Networks on Syrian Refugees’ Economic Integration in Turkey (abstract (PDF, 155.31 KB))
Daniel Elanga Université de Lorraine Integration and Discrimination of Refugees: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment with Syrian, South-Sudanese and a native-born in Cairo (abstract (PDF, 90.55 KB))

15:30 - 15:45 - Coffee Break (A. Atkinson Lounge, 1st floor)

15:45 - 16:45 - Session 4 w 2 presentations (E. Ostrom Hall, 1st floor)

Topics: Mobility Rates and Policy, Housing Subsidies
Chair: Jörg Dollmann

Presenter Affiliation Presentation (hybrid)
Abdullah Shamim Southern Methodist University Refugee Mobility Rates in the US (abstract (PDF, 234.57 KB))
Abdulrazzak Tamim University of California, Berkeley Housing Subsidies and Externalities: Experimental Evidence from Syrian Refugees in Jordan (abstract (PDF, 111.08 KB))

16:45 - 17:45 - Keynote II by Prof. Hillel Rapoport (Topic: Policy), introduction by Adriana Cardozo

17:45 - 18:15 - Final Discussion and Closing by Adriana Cardozo and Sabine Zinn

18:15 - 21:00 - Get-Together with Snacks/Dinner (A. Atkinson Lounge, 1st floor), sponsored by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin, VdF


Registration has expired now, all seats are taken!

Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2022 (expired)

Commitment to come: September 15, 2022 (expired)

Working paper/paper draft (not mandatory): November 20, 2022

Final date for sending presentations: November 25, 2022

Workshop date: November 28, 2022

We have pre-booked a limited number of rooms in the Select Hotel Gendarmenmarkt Berlin (Charlottenstr. 66, 10117 Berlin). The rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to book a room there, please use the following e-mail address: or book via phone: +49 (0) 40 600 80 80. Please do not forget to mention the booking code “GeFam2” and the name/location of the hotel. Please be aware of the booking deadline which expires on October 31, 2022. If you wish to change your hotel reservation, date of arrival or date of departure, we kindly ask you to contact the hotel directly.

Next subway station: Stadtmitte (Line: U2/U6)

Rates: single from 89€ (incl. breakfast)
Please book via e-mail or phone: use the information above
Booking code: GeFam2
Booking deadline: October 31, 2022

Below we have also listed recommendations of other hotels without special rate close to DIW Berlin:

Motel One Berlin-Spittelmarkt
Leipziger Straße 50, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 2014363-0

Motel One Berlin-Potsdamer Platz
Leipziger Platz 12
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 2067078-0

Hotel Gat Point Charlie
Mauerstrasse 81-82, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 206 71747

NH Collection Berlin Mitte
Leipziger Str. 106-111, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 203760; Reservations: +49 30 22385195

For other hotels please check on and and keep in mind that the workshop site is close to Gendarmenmarkt/Stadtmitte (U2 and U6).

Remote presentation or participation will take place only in case of urgent need or if pandemic regulations force us to change to hybrid attendance. Basically all presenters confirmed participation in presence and we will be very happy of meeting all of you in person.
The following regulations are meant to minimize the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus at the workshop and to protect guests, organizers, and employees who participate in the event. Due to the rising covid-19 numbers in autumn, we strongly recommend that you adhere to the following precautions:

• Please wear an FFP2 mask (wherever possible). We provide one in case you need a new one.
• Try to maintain distance to other participants (of 1.5 meters if possible).
• For better tracking of infections, use the provided QR-code to check in.
• Avoid simultaneous use of elevators.
• Pay attention to hygiene (coughing and sneezing rules, hand hygiene, do not touch your face).
• If there are signs of infection (e.g. fever, dry cough, breathing problems, loss of sense of smell/taste, sore throat, aching limbs), do not attend the conference.

Other important arrangements:

• Hand sanitizer is provided in hallways and in front of rooms.
• Windows will be opened regularly to air out the rooms during the event.
• Air filters are available in each room and can be used permanently.


Sabine Zinn
Sabine Zinn

Vice Director SOEP and Head of the Division Survey Methodology and Management in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

Janina Britzke
Janina Britzke

Staff Member of the Division Knowledge Transfer in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department