From 05.08.2017 to 08.08.20187 there was a ‚Small Research Meeting‘ at the University of Applied Scieneces in Osnabrueck, which was resolved by the Federation of German Psychologists. Scientists form the universities of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia and Germany met for planning the project. The Cooperation from the workshop strived for strengthen the internationalisation, the orientation on Europe and the competiveness of institutions in the research and education sector. As well a promotion of an Innovation Union was encouraged. Thereby the regional cooperation in the society and economy should be strengthen and the cross-border exchange should be ensured. The workshop focused on diversity and intercultural competency as well as on the determination of relevant aspects for the promotion of a positive diversity-culture. Especially, this is important in the context of the integration of refugees. For a long time the topic intercultural competency was a niche topic and not relevant for the mainstream-research. But today it is highly topical, amongst others this is conditional by globalisation and internationalisation of organisations and the refugee crises.
At the workshop, which last four days, the partners of the project worked intensively with the topics diversity and intercultural competency. These topics are key skills in the present-days world of work.
In the beginning of the workshop the situation of migrants in the European countries was presented. The comparison of the involved countries showed that migration is a widespread and actually topic in Europe. All of the involved European countries did have contact with refugees.
In the workshop the scientists grabbled intensively with the current challenges of the European economics and society. They want to find innovative approaches for the praxis amongst other for the problems in context of refugee crises.
The question the partners grabbled with was, how individuals can dismantle concerns against diversity and refugees to see diversity as enrichment. Cultural, individual, political, social and religious aspects were discussed. A long-term target of the cooperation is to develop corporate European measures in with regard to refuges and to promote intercultural competency of individuals. The change of attitude and measures for promotion of competencies is focused. The partners assert that the scientists had a common understanding of intercultural and global competency and that they saw this competencies as being key aspects for individuals. But migration and diversity are challenges for the state, the society and the economy. The research had shown, that doubt and distance are the typical first reaction on diversity-conditional changes. In the Czech Republic the seniors are particularly sceptical. They are influenced by media. The scepticism against migrants do not depend on social status or level of education.
In the course of the Small Research Meeting long-term measures should be deduce, that are focused on the development of intercultural competency and the reduction of prejudices against migrants. The corporate research and different measures should change the attitudes and should lay the foundation for a positive European diversity-culture. So the challenges of immigration of refugees and the challenges of interacting with different cultures should be managed. Culture plays a significant role in context of integration of refugees. A special challenge is also the handling withp different religions.