Ethnic German Immigration from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union to Germany: The Effects of Migrant Network

23 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2000

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Barbara Dietz

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 1999

Abstract

This paper employed a widely accepted theoretical concept, the "theory of migrant networks" to look at the recent immigration and absorption experience of ethnic Germans (Aussiedler) from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in Germany. Consistent with network theory, the social background of the "Aussiedler" group became more representative of the sending communities as migrant networks expanded. The paper additionally showed that "Aussiedler" tended to participate in migrant networks after they have moved to Germany. Whereas all studies on the economic effects of migrant networks found a positive impact on the labor market performance of ethnic Germans, the outcome of network participation with respect to social absorption is less encouraging. In recent years migrant networks seem to support ethnic German minority enclaves and an increasing segregation of the "Aussiedler" group.

JEL Classification: J15, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Dietz, Barbara A., Ethnic German Immigration from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union to Germany: The Effects of Migrant Network (November 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=193628

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