Bayerischer Forschungsverbund “Zukunft der Demokratie” (ForDemocracy)

Project 05
Attitudes towards democracy and participation of refugees


The project examines the attitudes of refugees in Bavaria concerning democracy and political participation, as well asand the use of new media for civic education work with this target group. TWith the help of this knowledge is supposed to help with the development of tools and materials for civic education will be developed.

Project Description

In our project we examine the attitudes of refugees in Bavaria towards democracy and political participation. The study is subdivided into qualitative interviews with experts fromof the field and a quantitative survey amongof refugees at various locations in Bavaria. The aim of the survey is to examine knowledge, experiences and attitudes. TFrom the results are supposed to serve as starting points forof civic education should be derived.

New media are of great importance forto the target group. Therefore, their potential for civic education work with refugees is to be explored and appropriate tools for the teaching and practical training of democratic processes mustto be sought and developed. These are supposed toshould serve as a recommendation for civic education and social work in the context of forced migration, and they will be tested in the field.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the conditions for social and political participation of refugees in Germany. Therefore, in the long runterm, political participation and involvement in political committees at the municipal levelin the communities should be promoted.

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Projekt 05 Prof. Dr. Sonja Haug, Simon Schmidbauer

Sonja Haug (left)
Simon Schmidbauer (right)