Third-party funded project

From Shrinkage to Immigration. New Perspectives for Peripheral Large Housing Estates (StadtumMig)

Research department: Politics and Planning

Project Leader within IRS: PD Dr. Matthias Bernt

Project Team: Dr. Madlen Pilz

Consortium: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Coordination) Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung Brandenburgische Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH Stadt Schwerin Stadt Halle (Saale) Stadt Cottbus

Funding Organization: Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)

Duration: 05/2019 - 09/2022


The joint project examines potentials and problems of former urban redevelopment neighbourhoods ("Stadtumbauquartiere") in transition to arrival neighbourhoods for immigrants. The joint project is divided into five sub-projects. Sub-project 1 "Governance" is being worked on at the IRS. It examines planning principles and actor constellations in the cities of Cottbus, Schwerin and Halle (Saale) to enable better governance of change by municipal actors. The conception, implementation and utilisation of the results are closely interlinked with the other sub-projects of the research network and should contribute to the development of recommendations for action that are adapted to the respective local contexts and can be implemented.


Since 2015, international migration to Germany has become a top topic of many political debates. In many East German cities, these debates are also taking place against the background of a growing concentration of refugees in certain residential areas. Especially peripheral prefabricated housing estates are currently developing into new "arrival neighbourhoods". This development raises many new questions in planning practice: Are the quarters in question developing into stepping stones that facilitate the integration of immigrants - or are new "ghettos" emerging here? What new tasks and needs arise at the neighbourhood level? How is this development processed politically? Two events were held at the IRS in July 2020, during which the challenges of arrivals' neighbourhoods were intensively discussed. more info


Dörner, W., Haase, A., Hedtke, C., & Pilz, M. (2021). Konflikte und ihre Gegenbilder: Ein Gespräch. In K. Großmann, M. Budnik, A. Haase, C. Hedtke, & A. Krahmer (Eds.), An Konflikten wachsen oder scheitern? Beiträge zur Reflexion eines komplexen Phänomens (pp. 29-45). Fachhochschule Erfurt.
Bernt, M., El-Kayed, N., Milstrey, U., & Rößler, S. (2021). Stadtumbau und Migration - Herausforderungen für Großwohnsiedlungen. Planerin, (1), 51-56.
Bernt, M. (2021). Die Segregationsmaschine: Entmischung in deutschen Großwohnsiedlungen und ihre Ursachen. Die Wohnungswirtschaft, 74(2), 8-11.
Bernt, M., El-Kayed, N., Hamann, U., & Keskinkilic, L. (2022). Internal Migration Industries: Shaping the Housing Options for Refugees at the Local Level. Urban Studies, 59(11), 2217–2233.