Labour Market Participation of Refugees in Germany: Legal Context and Individual-level Factors

Aufsätze in Sammelwerken 2020

Jannes Jacobsen, Magdalena Krieger, Nicolas Legewie

In: Annette Korntheuer, Paul Pritchard, Débora B. Maehler, Lori Wilkinson (Eds.) , Refugees in Canada and Germany: From Research to Policies and Practice
Mannheim: GESIS
S. 189-201
GESIS Series ; 25


Labour market access is a crucial aspect of integration. Among other things, it providesmigrants with economic resources to participate in societal life in the hostcountry. This chapter explores the factors of labour market access for refugees inGermany. First, we provide a brief overview of how labour market access is determinedby legal status. Second, we explore individual aspects of labour market accessusing the German IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees. Results show that male,young, and highly educated refugees have a higher chance of being employed. Furthermore,the data indicate that mental well-being is positively correlated with havinggainful employment.

Jannes Jacobsen

Research Associate in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

Keywords: Refugees; Labour Market; Asylum Law