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Migration and Diversity

The research area Migration and Diversity combines sociological, political science and social-psychological perspectives to study how societies cope with immigration and the increased cultural and religious diversity following from it, with a special focus on the role of policies and institutions. Policies and institutions of core relevance are immigration policies, citizenship, assimilation requirements, church-state relations, and the welfare state. The objects of study include the integration of immigrants along its various dimensions (political, socio-cultural and socio-economic), the reactions of native populations to immigration, as well as the impacts of immigration and diversity on social trust, cooperation and solidarity in society at large. Projects within the research area are mostly cross-nationally comparative, and include quantitative, qualitative, as well as (quasi-)experimental research methods.