The research initiative [PARI] has presented central topics, projects, and approaches to the scientific analysis of psychological processes relevant to refugee integration in the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus of the University of Münster, Germany, on May 5th, 2017. After a first short introduction by the coordinator of the research initiative, Jens H. Hellmann, Gerald Echterhoff presented an overview over extant research approaches, the goals and first projects of [PARI], and a first version of a framework on psychological processes that are relevant for refugee integration. In the next presentation, Mitja Back described first results from a study investigating first impressions of refugees and Germans on the basis of headshot photographs. In the following, Julia Becker (Social Psychology, University of Osnabrück, Germany) presented a series of own studies showing the potentially differential effects of autonomy- and dependency-oriented help for refugees. Nexhmedin Morina described in his talk what we know so far about the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatment of traumatized refugees.
After a lunch break, the approx. 60 attendees joined a small poster exhibition, in which first results from [PARI]-subprojects were depicted. Among others, Elisabeth Hahn (Saarbrücken) presented a poster with results from a cooperation with Mitja Back. Other posters described, for example, results from the labs of Joscha Kärtner and Gerald Echterhoff.
A panel discussion, hosted by Jens H. Hellmann, that included Julia Becker, Dana Jacob, and Nexhmedin Morina, vastly benefited from many questions and comments from the participating attendees. Additionally, a final talk by the historian Michael Schwartz (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin) on the policies regarding displaced people in East and West Germany rounded off our apt symposium. The combination of presentations and the exchange with practitioners provided numerous suggestions and stimulation for the following tasks and work of the research initiative [PARI].