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Prof. Dr Serhat Karakayali appointed to Commission for the Federal Government's Engagement Report

2023-05-17 How can Germany make the framework conditions for voluntary engagement more equitable? This is what a commission of experts is now investigating in the Fourth Engagement Report of the Federal Government. Serhat Karakayali, Professor of Migration and Mobility Studies at the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organisation, is one of the nine members of the commission.

Prof. Karakayali ©Leuphana/Marie Meyer
Prof. Karakayali ©Leuphana/Marie Meyer
Prof. Karakayali ©Leuphana/Marie Meyer

In Germany, there are great differences in the practice of voluntary engagement, for example with regard to gender, age, education and origin. This is the result of the German Volunteer Survey, a representative survey on volunteering in Germany. The Fourth Engagement Report is intended to uncover obstacles and provide concrete recommendations for action in order to give all population groups equitable access to voluntary engagement. According to the Federal Ministry, the focus is on the effects of social inequalities as well as educational or migration background on engagement.

With the focus on "access opportunities to volunteering", the aim of the report is to support engagement policy with analyses and recommendations. Lisa Paus, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, commissioned the report, which is expected to be presented in the Bundestag in 2025.

Serhat Karakayali has been Professor of Migration and Mobility at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at Leuphana University since July 2021. He is also employed at the Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), an institution funded by the German government. From 2020, he initially worked there as head of the "Migration" department, researching migration in and from the Middle East. Today, he is responsible for the theoretical foundations and international networking at the National Discrimination and Racism Monitor at the DeZIM Institute. The migration researcher completed his doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and wrote his dissertation on the genealogy of illegal migration in Germany.

Recently, Leuphana University received the "Danke-Skulptur" for Serhat Karakayali's research on "Solidarity between Affects and Institutions in the Migration Society". Since 2017, the Sculpture has been awarded worldwide to institutions and individuals who have rendered outstanding services to the global society through their work. In the meantime, the sculpture has already reached over 370 institutions and individuals in over 100 countries.


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