Potentials of immigration for a sustainable regional development in Saxony-Anhalt

The project focuses on potentials of international and internal immigration for a sustainable regional development in shrinking regions in Saxony-Anhalt. Therefore, the research team analyses integration strategies as well as barriers to social participation for migrants from far and near. Moreover, the project studies perceptions and experiences of local actors. International immigrants, internal migrants, remigrants as well as the autochthone population is being interviewed on their experiences with regard to arriving, staying and leaving. With the thesis of a “culture of out-migration” (Leibert & Wiest 2014) in mind, the scientists look at two case studies in order to detect how people could identify more with their (newly acquired) home. Another goal is to promote social participation in the communes. For that purpose, the scientists collaborate with local schools and realise projects with pupils.


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Project information

Researcher/Research team

Tim Leibert, Verena Ott, Judith Miggelbrink, Kathrin Hörschelmann, Karin Wiest



Duration of project

08/2017 – 01/2019

Project sponsorship

Ministry for Regional Development and Transport in the state of Saxony-Anhalt

Further information

Dr. Tim Leibert
Verena Ott