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Jürgen Schupp, Janina Söhn and Nicole Schmiade (2005)

International Mobility of Germans – An Opportunity for the Unemployed or Emigration of the Highly Qualified?

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 30, 2-3/2005, p. 279-292, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398

About 100,000 German citizens emigrate from Germany every year. There are no sufficient data about this demographic phenomenon in Germany as to draw a representative picture of the socio-demographic setup of this group of persons. Besides summarizing research on international mobility of Germans this article represents the results of an analysis of a longitudinal study, the Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). In this random sample of private households, which has been carried out since 1984 in West Germany and since 1990 in East Germany, out-migration of Germans can be identified. The analysis is based on the information about 320 representative cases. The statistic results show that among the group of German emigrants the highly qualified are significantly overrepresented though they do not make up the majority in numbers.

* Original title: Internationale Mobilität von deutschen Staatsbürgern – Chance für Arbeitslose oder Abwanderung der Leistungsträger? (full text in German only)

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