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Data Release: The first Scientific Use File of the IAB-BiB/FReDA-BAMF-SOEP Survey “Refugees from Ukraine in Germany” is now available

News of July 1, 2024

The IAB-BiB/FReDA-BAMF-SOEP Survey "Refugees from Ukraine in Germany" examines diverse aspects of Ukrainian refugees’ lives—the circumstances surrounding their departure from Ukraine, comprehensive socio-demographic characteristics, and information on housing, school, vocational and university degrees, employment, German language skills, life satisfaction and worries, family constellations before and after leaving Ukraine, childcare, existing social networks, and needs for counseling and support. An additional focus is on Ukrainian refugees’ plans for the future—whether they intend to reunite with family in Germany or return to Ukraine.

The study was established by four partner organizations: the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), the Family Research and Demographic Analysis (FReDA) project, the Research Center of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ) and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin. It builds on the “IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees,” which has been running since 2016, and the Family Research and Demographic Analysis (FReDA) project.


Data Set „IAB-BiB/FReDA-BAMF-SOEP, Version UKR, 2022-2023“

The published data set includes survey data and generated indicators of 11,225 Ukrainian refugees between the ages of 18 and 70, who took part in a comprehensive social science survey between August and October 2022. A second survey wave was conducted between January and March 2023. 

To generate the random sample for the project, Germany’s Central Register of Foreign Nationals was used to identify 100 German municipalities where large numbers of Ukrainian refugees were registered. Ukrainian refugees in these municipalities were selected randomly and invited to participate in the survey. The fieldwork for the study was being conducted by the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (infas) based on an online questionnaire. Respondents were also given the option of completing the questionnaire on paper.

For further dataset information, please click here.

Data Access

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Philipp Kaminsky, and Antonia Meier
User support and contract management for the Research Data Center of the SOEP in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department