Welcome to the homepage of the study “Welcome to Lower Saxony” („Willkommen in Niedersachsen”). The study addresses people who migrated from abroad to Lower Saxony in the year 2015. Within this study a sample of 4.000 persons will be interviewed covering topics such as: where they come from, who they are, what reasons made migration to Germany, what hopes and fears are connected with their migration and what specific experiences they have gained in Lower Saxony so far. The study is the first of its kind.
The aim of the study is to enhance the general conditions of migration in Germany and to adjust the existing facilities for migrants to their needs. The primary aim is to strengthen the culture of welcoming migrants in Lower Saxony. There is no doubt that migrants are already welcome in Lower Saxony; but there is also no doubt that further measures can be taken to help migrants settle in well and become a part of Lower Saxony’s society. In the second and third survey persons who left Germany after a short stay will be surveyed as well. This group will be very helpful to identify areas in which Lower Saxony can improve.
The study is financed by the Ministry for Social Affairs of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Gleichstellung) and implemented by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio from the University of Bremen and the Ministry of the Interior and Sports Facilities (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Inneres und Sport).