Research Aims

The project “Welcome cities” offers the country of Thuringia and its municipalities a scientific monitoring and support for the reception and accommodation for new-coming refugees, conducted by the Chair for Urban Studies and Social Research and students of various disciplines.

The overall aim is to develop a communicative and reflexive framework, which is supposed to pave the way for more peaceful process of living together with people of different cultural backgrounds, basing on mutual understanding and agreement. Hence, the research aims to create a social situation that facilitates communication between refugees and inhabitants.

Finally, the research aims at turning communication about refugees to communication with refugees. With this the "Welcome cities" should be able to use the potential of a diverse social life for themselves as well as to discover new opportunities for their economic, social and cultural development.