International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Ethnic Segregation and Crime (ESKrim)

The separation of ethnic groups in individual urban neighbourhoods is regarded as a safety-relevant risk factor. The ESKrim project will review this assumption through a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research approach.

The subproject at the IZEW questions the so-called "parallel societies" and investigates the potentials of modern communication in multi-ethnic cities.

Duration

October 2018 – September 2021

The project

Ethnic segregation and crime (ESKrim)

The reception and integration of a large number of migrants and refugees poses major challenges for cities and municipalities. These not only concern the areas of work, housing or education, but also security. The separation of ethnic groups in individual urban neighbourhoods, i.e. ethnic segregation, is seen as a risk factor that increases the risk for residents of becoming perpetrators or victims of crime.

The ESKrim project will test this assumption through a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research approach. From different scientific perspectives, it will be examined whether this is the case and which risk factors and potentials can be identified and by which means they can be influenced. Through surveys, interviews and statistical evaluations, data on migration, integration and segregation will be collected and analysed together with crime situation pictures and city and neighbourhood specific data. An ethical accompanying research and jurisprudential studies complement the social-scientific empirical work.

New approaches to crime prevention will be developed on the basis of the findings obtained. In addition, a planning and decision-making model for intervening police work will be drawn up and a catalogue of requirements for communication and cooperative strategies for action in migration-influenced neighbourhoods will be drawn up. At the same time, the legal framework and design possibilities for police and preventive measures will be highlighted.
The International Centre for Ethics in Science at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, PD Dr. Jessica Heesen/Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn, questions the so-called "parallel societies" and examines the potential of modern communication in multi-ethnic cities.

The three-year project is funded with a total of 1.9 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the Research for Civil Security programme (see www.sifo.de) to promote "Civil Security - Issues of Migration". It is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Frevel of the Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung NRW.