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.

The data have been integrated into the SOEP-Core data sets (since  SOEP v33.1).

You will find a detailed description of the study here.

Dataset Information

Title: IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees 2018
DOI infoFind an explanation on the usage of DOI here.: 10.5684/soep.iab-bamf-soep-mig.2018
Publication date: 2020-01-30

Data collector: Kantar Public Germany

Collection period:: 2016-2018


Principal investigators: Herbert Brücker, Stefan Liebig

Co-PI's: Martin Kroh, Renate Leistner-Rocca, Jan Goebel, Nina Rother, Jürgen Schupp

Affiliated staff members for providing the Scientific Use File: Charlotte Bartels, Alexandra Fedorets, Andreas Franken, Marco Giesselmann, Markus Grabka, Jannes Jacobsen, Selin Kara, Peter Krause, Hannes Kröger, Elisabeth Liebau, Maria Metzing, Jana Nebelin, Lisa Pagel, David Richter, Diana Schacht, Paul Schmelzer, Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Carsten Schröder, Rainer Siegers, Manuel Siegert, Pavarti Trübswetter, Ehsan Vallizadeh, Knut Wenzig, Stefan Zimermann


Publications using these data should cite the DOI (10.5684/soep.iab-bamf-soep-mig.2018 or - if used - 10.5684/soep.v35) and include one of the following references:

Martin Kroh, Herbert Brücker, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, Jürgen Schupp, Manuel Siegert, and Parvati Trübswetter. 2016. Das Studiendesign der IAB-BAMF-SOEP Befragung von Geflüchteten. SOEP Survey Papers 365: Series C - Data Documentations (Datendokumentationen). Berlin: DIW Berlin.

Simon Kühne, Jannes Jacobsen, and Martin Kroh. 2019. Sampling in Times of High Immigration: The Survey Process of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees. Survey Methods: Insights from the Field. Retrieved from https://surveyinsights.org/?p=11416. DOI:10.13094/SMIF-2019-00005

Documentation on the dataset

Further information and documentation on the dataset can be found on the SOEP-Core v35 page.