During the transition from school to work, young immigrants from the CIS-states are particularly at risk of undergoing permanent exclusion from employment and participation in society. As they are strongly oriented towards the standard vocational education and training, these young people subjectively only have limited opportunities to make use of alternative pathways to the normal progression from school to vocational training to skilled work.

The aim of this project is to provide information about the school-to-work transitions experienced by this group (describing the triggering factors, courses and turning-points involved in exclusion and self-exclusion) and to propose innovative strategies for integrating these young people.

For this purpose, a secondary analysis of data from the DJI Transition Panel is being carried out in an initial step, while in a second step, a ‘learning network’ will identify and further develop innovative approaches to ways of preventing young immigrants from the CIS states from missing out on education and training and becoming marginalized.

As the secondary analysis of the Transition Panel data has shown, strategies for improving the integration of young people from this group into the working world require a differentiated approach. Young immigrants from the CIS states are particularly interested in entering vocational training immediately after the end of compulsory schooling but very unlikely to succeed to do so, so that they usually have to switch to the unpopular alternative of ‘vocational preparation schemes’.