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Current surveys

Employee survey on “Work and Firm”

To learn more about working conditions in German companies the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the IAB have initialized the project “Quality of work and economic success”. Within the framework of the project, an employee survey is carried out among workers of German firms from March 2021 until October 2021. The project is conducted in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim and the Universities of Cologne and Tubingen. The aim of the project is to learn how German employees perceive their individual working situation.

IAB-SOEP Migration Sample

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. Further information on the data, the questionnaires and information about the possibilities to order the data can be found at :

Contact at IAB: Parvati Trübswetter

IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Sample

The IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Sample is a cooperation project of the IAB, the SOEP at DIW Berlin and the Research Center of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ).

The IAB-BAMF-SOEP Refugee Sample is a survey of recently arrived asylum seekers in Germany regarding their socio-economic attributes, their schooling, their flight routes and experience as well as their past and current living conditions, their labor market experience and their values regarding various sociopolitical issues (democracy, religion, gender equality). The first wave of this survey has been conducted in 2016 and covers 4,816 adult refugees, who arrived in Germany since 2013. The sample will be published by the end of 2017.

The Refugee Sample has been drawn from the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). It is a representative survey for the refugees, who arrived in Germany between 1.1.2013 and 31.1.2016 and were registered as asylum seekers by the end of June 2016. The design of the sample follows a longitudinal structure, whereby asylum seekers from countries with a good prospect of staying in Germany at the time of the sampling (i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria) have been oversampled. In addition, the oversampling has also been applied to women and persons aged over 30. These disproportions are taken into account by means of appropriate weighting methods, so that the results can always be interpreted as representative findings.

Contact at IAB: Parvati Trübswetter

Networks for Integration / شبكات الدمج

Many refugees from war zones in the Middle East will settle permanently in Germany. Against this backdrop the Institute for Employment Research investigates processes of refugee integration in Germany. We examine the importance of social contacts (e.g., to friends and family) for work integration. The aims are a) to understand pathways of refugee integration in their complexity, b) to uncover efforts and obstacles to integration and c) to derive conclusions for policy makers and labour administration.

Information for participants

الترجمة إلى العربية

سوف يعيش العديد من اللاجئين القادمين من مناطق الحروب والأزمات في الشرق الأوسط في ألمانيا بشكل دائم. وفي ضوء هذه الخلفية يدرس معهد سوق العمل والبحث المهني عملية دمج الهاربين في ألمانيا. وينصب التركيز بشكل خاص على أهمية العلاقات الاجتماعية (مثل الأصدقاء أو المعارف أو أفراد الأسرة) في حالة دمج اللاجئين في سوق العمل. إن الهدف من المشروع هو فهم طرق دمج اللاجئين في أمور حياتهم المعقدة والمتعددة الطبقات، وجعل جهود وعوائق الدمج مرئية واستخلاص النتائج الخاصة بالسياسة وإدارة العمل.

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Panel Study "The Labour Market and Social Security" (PASS)

The purpose of the Panel Study "Labour Market and Social Security" (Panel Arbeitsmarkt und soziale Sicherung) carried out by the IAB is to provide a new database which will allow social processes and the non-intended side-effects of labour market reforms to be assessed empirically. The nationwide survey is repeated annually and covers approximately 10,000 households that are interviewed in a mixed mode survey conducted partially by telephone and partially in person.

IAB Job Vacancy Survey: Job vacancies and personnel policy in establishments

This written survey of companies and administrations is being conducted in order to learn more about the employment situation at individual establishments along with the number and structure of positions currently open. In addition to this, the survey is also being used to collect information on how the new labour market reforms are viewed by individual establishments.

IAB Establishment Panel

Within the framework of the IAB Establishment Panel, close to 16,000 establishments from all branches of the economy and of all sizes are surveyed annually and nationwide from the end of June until October. The survey is carried out orally by way of personal interviews conducted by TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich, on behalf of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). This representative survey of employers covers a wide range of questions on a great many topics related to employment policy. The standard annual programme of questions is complemented by topics of current interest. The IAB Establishment Panel has been in existence in western Germany since 1993 and in the east since 1996. As a comprehensive longitudinal data set, it forms the basis for research into the demand side of the labour market.

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