DOI 10.5684/soep.iab-soep-mig.2014

2014 release of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample


Title: IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (M1), data of the years 2013-2014

DOI: 10.5684/soep.iab-soep-mig.2014

Publication date: November 27, 2015


Principal investigators: Herbert Brücker, Jürgen Schupp

Co-PIs: Martin Kroh, Ingrid Tucci, Jan Goebel, Simone Bartsch, Parvati Trübswetter

Affiliated Staff Members for providing the Scientific Use File: Klaudia Erhardt, Alexandra Fedorets, Markus Grabka, Marco Giesselmann, Peter Krause, Simon Kühne, Maximilian Priem, David Richter, Paul Schmelzer, Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Carsten Schröder, Knut Wenzig

If you publish using this data, it is mandatory to quote the following references:

Herbert Brücker, Martin Kroh, Simone Bartsch, Jan Goebel, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, Parvati Trübswetter, Ingrid Tucci & Jürgen Schupp (2014): The new IAB-SOEP Migration Sample: an introduction into the methodology and the contents. SOEP Survey Paper 216, Series C. Berlin, Nürnberg: DIW Berlin.

Comprehensive documentation is available in .

Study information

The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample is a joint project of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The project tempts to overcome limitations of previous datasets by drawing a sample that takes into account changes in the structure of migration to Germany since 1995. The dataset is an additional sample for the SOEP-Core study and therefore completely harmonized with the SOEP and integrated into SOEP v31 (identical questionnaire with additional questions on the respondent's migration situation). The study opens up new perspectives for migration research and gives insights on the living situations of new immigrants to Germany.

Data collector: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH.

Collecting period: 2014


Data access

All SOEP users with a valid contract can order the data from the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample in the usual ways (SOEPhotline, website) without needing to sign any additional data distribution contracts. The dataset is available upon request for free via personalized secure download. New users find information on the SOEP application process here.

The normal application process at the  IAB RDC is necessary.

Additional documents

The new IAB-SOEP Migration Sample: an introduction into the methodology and the contents (SOEP Survey Paper 216)

Flowcharts for the Integrated Individual-Biography Questionnaire of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample 2013 (SOEP Survey Paper 261)

How to Generate Spell Data from Data in "Wide" Format based on the migration biographies of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (SOEP Survey Paper 228)

Methodenbericht zum IAB-SOEP-Migrationssample 2013

The 2013 IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (M1): Sampling Design and Weighting Adjustment (SOEP Survey Paper 271)