Migration and Workplace Participation


This project examines the engagement trajectories of works councils with a migration background. The initial hypothesis is that the structures of workplace democracy have a positive effect on processes of political and social integration. The high level of participation of people with a migration background in trade union activities, for example, may also be exogenous, induced by socialisation based on origin, or it may depend on local conditions, such as the organisational culture in the company or the trade unions. The study takes a comparative approach (within sectors, by gender composition, regionally) and collects narrative interview material (biographical interviews), which are supplemented by structured group discussions.
This project examines the engagement trajectories of works councils with a migration background. The initial hypothesis is that the structures of workplace democracy have a positive effect on processes of political and social integration. The high level of participation of people with a migration background in trade union activities, for example, may also be exogenous, induced by socialisation based on origin, or it may depend on local conditions, such as the organisational culture in the company or the trade unions. The study takes a comparative approach (within sectors, by gender composition, regionally) and collects narrative interview material (biographical interviews), which are supplemented by structured group discussions.


Principal investigators
Karakayali, Serhat (Details) (Berlin Institut for empirical Integration and Migration Research)

Participating organisational units of HU Berlin

Duration of project
Start date: 11/2017
End date: 06/2021

Research Areas
Empirical Social Research

Research Areas
Migration und Integration

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