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IAB-SOEP Migration Sample
The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample is conducted jointly by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin.
All samples from the IAB-SOEP Migrations Sample are included in the regular SOEP data release and therefore a subset of SOEP-Core.
The first IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (M1) was drawn from administrative records in the IAB’s Integrated Employment Biographies (IEB) database, and the households in the sample were first surveyed in 2013. The households in the second IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (M2) were first surveyed in 2015. The target population of this IAB-SOEP Migration Sample consisted of immigrants to Germany who arrived between 2010 and 2013—mainly migrants from the new EU Member States in Eastern Europe. The households in the third IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (M7) will be surveyed for the first time in 2020. The target population of this IAB-SOEP Migration Sample consists of immigrants to Germany who arrived between 2016 and 2018 from the countries of Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. A more detailed study description can be found at the FDZ SOEP website.
Survey data from the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample can be linked with administrative labor market and income data if the respondents in question provided explicit consent to record linkage. But since this linked dataset contains weakly anonymized social data, the datasets are only accessible onsite at the Research Data Center of the German Federal Employment Agency at the IAB (FDZ IAB). Requests for access of the linked data should be directed to FDZ IAB, since a contract with IAB for data use is required (further information at the FDZ IAB website).
Information on questions and variables can be found in study SOEP-Core here on paneldata.org.
Adapted versions of the SOEP-instruments were used for IAB-SOEP-MIG in the different waves: