IFRiS Working Paper No.1

Inwiefern beeinflusst wahrgenommene ethnische Diskriminierung die politische Integration von Flüchtlingen? Eine Analyse der Diskriminierungserfahrungen von muslimischen Flüchtlingen in Dresden

Sophie Frossard - December 2016


In light of the continuously increasing number of refugees and the accompanying xenophobic reactions in Germany, it is necessary to examine the integration of refugees. Persistent conflicts result in a large number of refugees. Therefore, Germany should adapt to their longer-term residence. This in turn raises the question of how effective political integration of refugees can be fostered. In particular Muslim refugees are constructed as not integrable and are confronted with hostile attitudes. Hence, it is crucial to consider to what extent a derogatory attitude of the host society influences the integration of refugees in Germany. With this in mind, qualitative semi-structured interviews are conducted to shed a light into the living conditions of Muslim refugees in Dresden and by doing so discuss the interaction between ethnic discrimination and the political integration of refugees. On the basis of the empirical data, it is shown that ethnic discrimination has a negative impact on the political integration of refugees. Thus, it becomes apparent that it is indispensable to fight exclusive attitudes present in society.

Keywords : political integration - identification - democratic norms and values - ethnic discrimination - Muslim refugees - qualitative semi-structured interviews