Social Deprivation and Exclusion of Immigrants in Germany

39 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2007

See all articles by John P. Haisken-DeNew

John P. Haisken-DeNew

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research; McMaster University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

This paper aims at providing empirical evidence on social exclusion of immigrants in Germany. We demonstrate that when using a conventional definition of the social inclusion index typically applied in the literature, immigrants appear to experience a significant degree of social deprivation and exclusion, confirming much of the economic literature examining the economic assimilation of immigrants in Germany. We propose a weighting scheme that weights components of social inclusion by their subjective contribution to an overall measure of life satisfaction. Using this weighting scheme to calculate an index of social inclusion, we find that immigrants are in fact as "included" as Germans. This result is driven strongly by the disproportionately positive socio-demographic characteristics that immigrants possess as measured by the contribution to their life satisfaction.

Keywords: social exclusion, international migration, integration

JEL Classification: F22, I31, Z13

Suggested Citation

Haisken-DeNew, John P. and Sinning, Mathias, Social Deprivation and Exclusion of Immigrants in Germany (November 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3153, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1033367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1033367

John P. Haisken-DeNew

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

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