The recent refugee migration has brought large numbers of newcomers from south-western Asian countries, particularly Syria and Afghanistan, to Germany. Over 70 percent of 18–30-year-old refugees from these two countries were unmarried men. A situation of skewed sex ratios in the respective refugee groups, the lack of established co-ethnic communities and considerable cultural differences between the sending countries and Germany are likely to complicate the process of partnership formation among these young men.

Would newly arrived refugee migrants consider forming partnerships with the majority population and seize opportunities at places of study or work, in the neighbourhood or through online partnership platforms for meeting majority native-born Germans? Or would they search for partners in their country of origin, or among the established ethnic minorities within Germany, either from the same religious denomination or speakers of the same language? How would members of the majority and from established immigrant groups perceive and react to partnership attempts of newcomers?

By addressing these research questions, the PARFORM projects seeks to provide novel insights into refugees’ partnership formation and contribute to scholarly debates on immigrants’ social integration.

Duration: 1 March 2021 – 28 February 2026

Funding: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 864683).

New @_ZfSoziologie paper on partnership preferences 👩‍❤️‍👨. Using a factorial survey experiment in #CILS4EU, we found low openness towards partnerships with refugees from Syria and Afghanistan among young adults in Germany! @StefanieHeyne @KuhlemannJ

Heute haben wir Besuch vom Fernsehen!
Wir freuen uns auf einen Beitrag über die Soziologin Irena Kogan und ihre Arbeit 😊

Last week @Parform_Project presented first results on “Attitudes towards Interethnic Partnerships” using @gip_study at the #AnalyticalSociology seminar @akadsoz @LMU_Muenchen. Great comments and a beautiful view in #Venice! @MZESUniMannheim @StefanieHeyne

Now! The opening lecture of our #Research MA in Sociology and Demography @MA_Sociodem_UPF has just started. Our invited speaker prof. Irena Kogan presents her research on intermarriages with culturally distant refugees. Introduced by the #master coordinator, prof. @L_Ortiz_G

Do not miss this Lecture of our PI Irena Kogan this Thursday @PolitiquesUPF with recent data from @Parform_Project on intermarriages with culturally distant refugees!
@L_Ortiz_G @MZESUniMannheim

Great presentations in our ad-hoc group on interethnic partnerships at #dgskongress2022, with
first results on partnership preferences using #CILS4EU data by the team of @Parform_Project!
@StefanieHeyne @KuhlemannJ @MZESUniMannheim

❗️We are delighted that our institute’s director Irena Kogan is one of the new fellows of the Federal Institute for Population Research (@bib_bund)! 😃
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Thanks to all presenters, chairs, and participants of @ECSR_Soc conference, who helped to have two exciting days at #ecsc2021
Hope to see you next year in presence again 🥂

Welcome to the digital @ECSR_Soc annual conference! Co-organized by the @Parform_Project team. Please do not hesitate to contact the staff in case of any questions, enjoy two days of fascinating presentations and use #ecsr2021 to share your experience!

Finally our @ERC_Research project on “Partnership Formation in the Context of Recent Refugee Migration” is online! To stay tuned, follow us @Parform_Project or check out our new website

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