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IAB-SOEP Migrationsstichprobe

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Project Start

January 2019

End of Project

December 2021


The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample is a cooperation project of the IAB and the SOEP at DIW Berlin. It contains information about work biographies and their determining factors (e.g. degrees from foreign countries, reservation wages) as well as socio-economic features of the surveyed migrants. The first four waves covering the years 2013 to 2016 have been published. In total, 7217 per-sons have been surveyed and the respondents have been questioned annually, if possible. The survey, in the course of a project, has been partly financed by the BMAS. The sample for the first wave (2013) has been drawn from the Integrated Employment Biog-raphies (IEB) of the IAB for people who migrated or were employed for the first time after 1995. Certain countries or groups of individuals are overrepresented in this sample (e.g. Ita-ly, Spain or Greece). From 2015 an additional sample has been surveyed in order to counteract panel attrition and to take account for different, more recent migration patterns. The newly added individ-uals are solely drawn from the population who came to Germany between 2009 and 2015. The second wave’s sample (2015) has likewise been drawn from the IEB and is dispropor-tional regarding the countries of origin, since certain countries are overrepresented (e.g. Bulgaria) and others are underrepresented (e.g. Turkey). By appointing appropriate means of weighting the results can however be interpreted as representative findings.