IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
German Socio- Economic Panel study
Project Status
Current Project
Project Duration
since/from 2016 to 2019
In Cooperation with
Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA)
Research Centre on Migration, Integration, and Asylum of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ)
Project Manager
Herbert Brücker (IAB), Renate Leistner-Rocca (BAMF), Jürgen Schupp (SOEP)
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin

Details

Call for proposals for the 2018 IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees - Deadline September 30 for the 2018 Survey

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and the Research Centre on Migration, Integration, and Asylum of the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ) are working together on a project to survey people seeking protection in Germany from political persecution and violent conflicts. The influx of refugees to Germany, which rose sharply in the second half of 2015, poses challenges for public policy, government administration, and the population at large. To effectively coordinate lodging and assistance for these refugees and to foster their long-term integration into the labor market, educational system, and other societal spheres, robust and reliable information is needed that can be generalized and applied usefully to the challenges at hand. It is up to the empirical social research to provide a data base for these purposes.

To meet this need, the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency, Research Centre on Migration, Integration, and Asylum of the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ), and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin are conducting a comprehensive standardized survey of refugees in Germany based on a qualitative preliminary study. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and the survey is being conducted by specially trained interviewers from the survey institute commissioned to do the fieldwork, TNS Sozialforschung in Munich. Conceptualized as a longitudinal study, the survey will be carried out in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In the first wave of the survey in 2016, the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Sample covers nearly 2,000 adult refugees who arrived in Germany since 2013 seeking asylum. At the end of 2016, an initial report has been compiled, and in 2017, the anonymized data will be released to the scientific community for research purposes. In the first wave in 2016 we surveyed 4,817 adult respondents in 3,538 households. Moreover, parents provided proxy information on 5,728 children living in the interviewed households. In 2017, a boost sample of about 1,250 refugee households registered between February and December 2016 will be added.

Questions about refugees’ living situations and the overall framework conditions

The study looks at the living situations of refugees as well as their schooling, vocational training, and current occupational situations. It also collects information on refugees’ language use, living situations, family situations, social participation, and contact with both Germans and people of their own ethnic backgrounds. Other focal points of the study, which is conducted using standardized survey instruments, are the impacts of the legal and institutional frameworks for refugees and the effectiveness of various support programs.

Connection with the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample, the Socio-Economic Panel, and the IAB’s Integrated Employment Biographies Sample

The study and selection of questions in the survey closely follows that of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample, which is a cooperation project between IAB and the SOEP group at DIW Berlin. Launched in 2013, the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample was also designed as a longitudinal study. As is the case with the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample, the data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey will become part of the data provided by the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Every year since 1984, several thousand people have taken part in the SOEP study. Currently, the SOEP study has around 30,000 respondents in around 15,000 households. These data provide a basis for comparison with other groups of immigrants to Germany as well as with individuals without a background of immigration. Data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey will ultimately be linked to data from the IAB’s Integrated Employment Biographies Sample conditional on respondents’ consent. This will make it possible to trace the occupational biographies of refugees in Germany precisely.

Publications:

First results

Brücker, Herbert, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp (eds.) (2017). IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten 2016: Studiendesign, Feldergebnisse sowie Analysen zu schulischer wie beruflicher Qualifikation, Sprachkenntnissen sowie kognitiven Potenzialen. DIW Berlin - Politikberatung kompakt 123 | PDF, 0.94 MB. Berlin: DIW Brlin.

Brücker, Herbert, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp et al. (2016). Flucht, Ankunft in Deutschland und erste Schritte der Integration. DIW Wochenbericht 83 (46), pp. 1103-1119 | PDF, 219.58 KB .

Brücker, Herbert, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp (eds.) (2016). IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten: Überblick und erste Ergebnisse. DIW Berlin - Politikberatung kompakt 116 | PDF, 1.32 MB . Berlin: DIW Berlin.

Results from the qualitative preliminary study:

Brücker, Herbert, Tanja Fendel, Astrid Kunert, Ulrike Mangold, Manuel Siegert and Jürgen Schupp. 2016. Geflüchtete Menschen in Deutschland: Warum sie kommen, was sie mitbringen und welche Erfahrungen sie machen. IAB Kurzbericht, 15/2016, Nürnberg.

and

Brücker, Herbert, Astrid Kunert, Ulrike Mangold, Barbara Kalusche, Manuel Siegert und Jürgen Schupp. 2016. Geflüchtete Menschen in Deutschland – eine qualitative Befragung. IAB Forschungsbericht, 9/2016, Nürnberg.

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Related projects

Refugee Families in Germany (Geflüchtete Familien in Deutschland, GeFam)

Mentoring of Refugees (MORE) (German description)


Call for proposals for the 2018 IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees - Deadline September 30 for the 2018 Survey

Send us your proposals
The IAB, BAMF, and SOEP invite researchers to submit proposal for questions to be added to the questionnaire in 2018—the third wave of the survey. If you would like to suggest any additional questions or items on refugees that are relevant to your current or future research and that would benefit from the longitudinal character of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey, we would be happy to hear from you. Criteria for the selection of items or questions are: scientific excellence, novelty in the context of the existing questionnaires, relevance for a wide range of data users, applicability in the context of a longitudinal household survey, comparability with other SOEP migration or general population surveys, as well as efficiency of implementation. Please note that the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Survey is a computer-assisted face-to-face survey using audio files in five different languages.


Deadlines

Researchers interested in submitting questions or especially items should contact SOEP Survey Management by August 1, 2017, to present their proposal. If the project is determined to be viable from a survey methodology perspective, an official application procedure will follow. The official application must be received by September 30, 2017.
Applications should be submitted in English to .

Regulations on How to Submit a Proposal for IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees | PDF, 139.43 KB

Call for proposals | PDF, 40.25 KB

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jana Jaworsky at .

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Publications

Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze (2017)

Forced Migration, Arrival in Germany, and First Steps toward Integration

Herbert Brücker, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp, Christian Babka von Gostomski, Axel Böhm, Tanja Fendel, Martin Friedrich, Marco Giesselmann, Yuliya Kosyakova, Martin Kroh, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Agnese Romiti, Diana Schacht, Jana A. Scheible, Paul Schmelzer, Manuel Siegert, Steffen Sirries, Parvati Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh
Monographien/ Sammelwerke extern (05/2016 / 2016)

Flucht, Ankunft in Deutschland und erste Schritte der Integration: IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten

Herbert Brücker, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp, Christian Babka von Gostomski, Axel Böhm, Tanja Fendel, Martin Friedrich, Marco Giesselmann, Yuliya Kosyakova, Martin Kroh, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Agnese Romiti, Diana Schacht, Jana A. Scheible, Paul Schmelzer, Manuel Siegert, Steffen Sirries, Parvati Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh
Monographien/ Sammelwerke extern (2016)

IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten: Überblick und erste Ergebnisse

Christian Babka von Gostomski, Axel Böhm, Herbert Brücker, Tanja Fendel, Martin Friedrich, Marco Giesselmann, Elke Holst, Yuliya Kosyakova, Martin Kroh, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Agnese Romiti, Nina Rother, Diana Schacht, Jana A. Scheible, Paul Schmelzer, Jürgen Schupp, Manuel Siegert, Steffen Sirries, Parvati Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh
SOEP Survey Papers (2016)

Das Studiendesign der IAB-BAMF-SOEP Befragung von Geflüchteten

Martin Kroh, Herbert Brücker, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, Jürgen Schupp, Manuel Siegert, Parvati Trübswetter
DIW Economic Bulletin (48 / 2016)

Forced Migration, Arrival in Germany, and First Steps toward Integration

Herbert Brücker, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp, Christian Babka von Gostomski, Axel Böhm, Tanja Fendel, Martin Friedrich, Marco Giesselmann, Yuliya Kosyakova, Martin Kroh, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Agnese Romiti, Diana Schacht, Jana A. Scheible, Paul Schmelzer, Manuel Siegert, Steffen Sirries, Parvati Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh
Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze (2016)

Das Studiendesign der IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten

Martin Kroh, Herbert Brücker, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, Jürgen Schupp, Manuel Siegert, Parvati Trübswetter
DIW Wochenbericht (46 / 2016)

Flucht, Ankunft in Deutschland und erste Schritte der Integration

Herbert Brücker, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp, Christian Babka von Gostomski, Axel Böhm, Tanja Fendel, Martin Friedrich, Marco Giesselmann, Yuliya Kosyakova, Martin Kroh, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Agnese Romiti, Diana Schacht, Jana A. Scheible, Paul Schmelzer, Manuel Siegert, Steffen Sirries, Parvati Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh
DIW Berlin - Politikberatung kompakt (2016)

IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von Geflüchteten: Überblick und erste Ergebnisse

Herbert Brücker, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp (Hrsg.)
Monographien/ Sammelwerke extern (2016)

Geflüchtete Menschen in Deutschland: eine qualitative Befragung ; Studie im Rahmen der IAB-BAMF-SOEP-Befragung von geflüchteten Menschen in Deutschland

Herbert Brücker, Astrid Kunert, Ulrike Mangold, Barbara Kalusche, Manuel Siegert, Jürgen Schupp
Aufsätze in sonstigen Zeitschriften (15 / 2016)

Geflüchtete Menschen in Deutschland: warum sie kommen, was sie mitbringen und welche Erfahrungen sie machen

Herbert Brücker, Tanja Fendel, Astrid Kunert, Ulrike Mangold, Manuel Siegert, Jürgen Schupp