In this research area, we focus on creating a comprehensive picture of how value agents in civil society engage with migration and integration issues in practice. Conducting case studies in selected member states, we will examine value-related practices in civic education and advocacy settings as well as in the transmission of European values to potential immigrants outside of the EU borders.
We pursue three objectives:
1. Mapping central value agents in civil society organizations focused on migration and cultural diversity issues, with a special emphasis on value agents aimed at transmitting values to immigrants. We will look at which values are considered core to the agents, and how these are justified and transmitted in practice to both citizens and immigrants. As part of this, we aim to analyze the tensions between collective, national and European values as they are perceived by the agents.
2. Generating qualitative data in selected member states, we will conduct a comprehensive study of the practices that comprise the justification, framing and transmission of three values at the heart of the migration discourse: hospitality and humanitarianism, religious tolerance (with a particular emphasis on Islam), and gender equality. We will specifically highlight tensions between the invocation and the enactment of these values, which will include examining how values are interpreted differently among different groups in society.
3. Conducting an in-depth investigation of the external dimension of value transmission in cultural orientation programs directed at refugees in resettlement countries. Using the method of ethnographic regime analysis, we will examine the chains of value transmission from the policy-setting via the executive onto the classroom level. We will analyze how values are communicated both explicitly and implicitly, and the extent to which they are presented as both fluid and fixed. This will yield additional insights into where the mental boundaries of Europe are perceived to be located.