Measures for a more successful social integration of Syrian youth refugees into host societies: A comparative study of the social integration and sense of belonging of Syrian refugee youth in Germany, Austria and Jordan.


The Syrian conflict, often referred to as the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time has spawned 4.8 million refugees in its neighbouring countries, hundreds of thousands in Europe and more than 6.2 million displaced persons inside Syria. The integration of refugees into host societies presents a major challenge for many Euro-Med countries today. In Europe, the discussions have many times centered around prospective solutions for the integration of youth refugees in particular, as they made up a majority of the first-time asylum seekers reaching EU’s shores in 2015. Despite the efforts those countries have made, the integration of the youth has been to some extent, unsuccessful with recent reports showing that some experience social exclusion. The proposed research sets out to investigate this highly current issue further, examining to what extent Syrian refugee youth has successfully been socially integrated in Germany, Austria and Jordan. By drawing on Ager & Strang’s conceptual framework of core domains of integration, I aim to generate some insights on the successfulness of integration of these young refugees, particularly in the domains of social connections and education with emphasis on language and cultural knowledge, and extra-curricular activities. This study will primarily be based on qualitative data collection and material gathered through interviews and surveys with refugee youth, government, NGOs and international organisations in Germany, Austria and Jordan.


Duration 01/11/2019 - 30/10/2022
Funding Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)

Department for Migration and Globalization

Center for Migration, Integration and Security

Principle investigator for the project (Danube University Krems) Univ.-Prof Dr. Mathias Czaika
Project members PhD Christina Khoury, M.A.
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