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Refugees and the Creation of Emotional Communities (MPG WiMi-project)

The Challenges of Migration and Integration(WiMi) or Wissenschaftsinitiative Migration der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft is a 3-year research initiative between 2017 and 2020 that is financed by the Max Planck Society and led by Professor Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/ Saale) and Professor Dr. Ayelet Shachar (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen). The research cluster involves researchers from six other Max Planck Institutes, who contribute to current debates on immigration in Germany from a perspective informed by social policy, law, demography, anthropology, and history and unlike most of the scholarly literature so far, this collaborative project focusses particularly on ‘exclusion’ as part of the inclusion-exclusion continuum. This cluster project therefore collaboratively explores the various ways in which immigrants are integrated in some aspects and still excluded in others (legal, social, economic or health) that results in the experience of exclusion at multiple layers. The Max Planck Institute for Human Development will contribute to the WiMi initiative with two sub-projects, both of which explore the exclusion of migrants who arrived from ‘similar’ cultural backgrounds from Sudetenland and Pakistan to Germany and India respectively, and impacted the emotional communities of Germany and India after 1945 and 1947.