Research Group: International Migration
The focal point of the research group is on the study of international migration and its influence on demographic and social structures. The group analyses the motives for decisions to migrate internationally as well as the personal and social consequences of migration, such as securing skill workers or participating in the labour market.
Besides birth rates and life expectancy, international migration is a chief element of population development. It has had a constantly growing impact on the demographic and social structure in Germany since the 1960s. In future years, international migrations will continue to be of central significance to population development. While the 13. koordinierte Bevölkerungsvorausberechnung (13th Coordinated Population Projection) assumes that if migration rates remain the same, the population will decrease by the year 2060 by more than 20 million, if we assume a long-term, positive migration balance of 200,000 persons per year of the past decades, the decrease would reduce by more than half.
Explaining the increasingly diverse international migration processes and, in particular, their personal and social consequences in Germany is the focus of the research group’s projects. This includes both the study of the contexts of origin and essential factors and the opportunities for immigrants to participate as well as the effects of international migration on occupational careers and social status as well as on family development and reproductive behaviour.