Migration is not a new phenomenon. In the last decade, however, a diversification of migration patterns and the origin of migrants can be observed in Austria. In contrast to earlier migration phases, in forced migration movements people from geographically more distant regions are increasingly coming to Austria. Refugees as well as actors in the receiving society are thus faced with the challenge of how to include into the respective communities and how to develop appropriate practices for this inclusion process. The research project focuses on the subjective experience and interaction of the various actors and the accompanying social processes.
Aim and scope
The aim of the project is an in-depth research on inclusion and exclusion practices in rural communities in Austria, as well as to recreate the inclusion processes of refugees. The main focus here is on the subjective experience of all those affected, i.e. of refugees and of different actors in the host society.
In accordance with the scope, the research project requires a qualitative- empirical research design. Based on an interpretative-reconstructive research strategy, different data materials are collected in the course of the research process. Narrative and focused interviews with unstructured (narrative-generating) questions with different social actors in the field form the database. Protocols of participating observations, as well as pictorial material and objects of material culture complete the database.
This research will contribute to the understanding and conceptualisation of the inclusion concept through findings on interaction practices with regard to the inclusion process of refugees. Furthermore, the findings from the research project will contribute to the understanding of structures and strategies of social coexistence beyond Austrian borders. The development of an empirical knowledge base on migration and inclusion contexts will also build up and strengthen Ilse Arlt Institute’s position as a research centre on migration-specific topics.