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Research Group: Spatial Mobility and Internal Migration

The research group addresses the wide range of work-related, educational and familial mobility processes, examining both personal and social causes and consequences of mobility decisions. Besides migration, the work focuses on circular forms of spatial mobility, like daily and weekly commuting.

In a society – and especially an economy – that is becoming ever more flexible and global, the spatial mobility of work itself and thus also the workforce is increasingly significant. This trend is flanked by increasing participation in education and employment by women. When both partners in a relationship have careers, they more frequently choose forms of commuting over moving. Approximately every seventh employed person in Germany is presently highly mobile for their work either as a daily long-distance commuter, a weekend commuter or as a “varimobile” (mobile professions, business travellers).

The research group examines the forms and prevalence as well as the causes and consequences of job-related spatial mobility. We assume that job-related mobility behaviours are closely interrelated with other spheres of life such as relationship and family development, social mobility, quality of life or health and civil engagement. This can lead to far-reaching implications for demographic development.

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