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Swenja Zaremba M.A.
Intercultural projects, coordination of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

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Phone: 0721 608-44797

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Interculturality and Globalisation

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World Science Café

In the event series World Science Café, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

Since the winter term of 2016/17, the ZAK, in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) has been hosting a new series of events during which refugees report about their scientific work. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office. It enables universities, universities of applied science, and independent research institutions to grant threatened researchers fellowships for research stays in Germany. The initiative has been made possible through generous support from the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband, and the Stiftung Mercator.



Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 6 pm
Afaf Rahim
Institute for World Economics, University of Kiel


Refugees and Migrants – Social and Economic Integration

Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 6 pm, Venue: Foyer of the Presidential Building (Adolf Würth Building, bldg. 11.30), Ehrenhof, Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 2, KIT Campus South - Campus Map (pdf, approx. ca.1 MB)

"Labour market integration is the overarching goal of immigrants’ integration – specifically in the case of refugees and family migrants. Social integration represents an equally important concern, in particular given that concerns of the native population are often related to non-economic factors. The causal relationship between economic and social integration, however, has not been established. There are two competing contentions about the link between immigrants’ labour market outcome and social integration. The first claims that better social integration is associated with higher chances of labour market success, the second argues that unequal economic opportunities and structural constraints that alienate immigrants from the job market also reduce their incentives to adapt to the host society’s norms and cultures. In this talk, I will take a look at the interaction between economic and social integration of third country nationals (refugees and migrants). I will focus particularly on refugees’ labour market integration barriers and on two important policy related questions: 1) Could policies aimed at facilitating refugees' and migrants' employment also have a positive effect on social integration? 2) Are there additional unemployment costs for immigrants (e.g. caused by social disintegration)?"

              - Afaf Rahim


 Afaf Rahim

Afaf Rahim

Institute for World Economics, University of Kiel

Afaf Rahim is a researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). She is part of the research team working on the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration). Within MEDAM, Rahim’s research focuses on the economic and social integration of immigrants. Rahim holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wageningen; she previously worked as junior professor at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Marburg and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria. Furthermore, she is a resource person at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Her research interests are multi-disciplinary in scope, spanning several fields of study, from agriculture and natural resource management to poverty and social impact analysis.

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