Migration and Integration in Cities and Neighbourhoods


Urbanisation and urban development are increasingly marked by international migration and a subsequent heterogenisation of urban society. Simultaneously, with rising social inequality in cities, we can also observe a spatial fragmentation and polarisation of different social groups, which threatens social cohesion. Addressing these two fundamental trends, the research focus “Migration and Integration in Cities and Neighbourhoods” investigates the consequences of migration processes, the forms of social and socio-spatial inequality and urban integration processes. In particular we will focus on the interactions in and potentials of local settings (the neighbourhood). Special attention is paid when investigating segregation and its consequences for cohesion and urban societies’ ability to integrate on so-called arrival spaces. Here, observable patterns of ethno-cultural and socio-economic exclusion and inclusion processes are looked into in the context of specific urban spatial constellations. The research is guided by the question of what the significance and the role of individual neighbourhoods is for the city as a whole and how spatial structures that promote integration can be influenced and designed through urban development.

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Contact person for this research interest:

Dr. Sabine Weck
Telefon: + 49 (0) 231 9051-184
E-Mail: sabine.weck@ils-research.de

Ralf Zimmer-Hegmann
Phone: + 49 (0) 231 9051-240
E-Mail: ralf.zimmer-hegmann@ils-research.de