Since its foundation in 1985, the Institute has focused on the cross-border quality of migrations, with particular emphasis on the situation between Germany and Turkey. In the age of modern communication and globalisation, trans­national space will continue to gain in importance and is changing the way in which migration and immigrant integration are thought about. The discussions about German-Turkish relations and at the same time intensive personal and civil-society interrelationships demonstrate the topicality and necessity of this research perspective.