First- and Second-Generation Migrants in Germany - What Do We Know and What Do People Think?

56 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2001

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Michael Fertig

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI Essen); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christoph M. Schmidt

RWI - Leibniz-Insitut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI Essen); Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 2001

Abstract

This paper provides a snapshot of the stock of immigrants in Germany using the 1995 wave of the "Mikrozensus" with a particular emphasis on distinguishing first- and second-generation migrants. On the basis of this portrait, we draw attention to the empirically most relevant groups of immigrants and review the received literature on economic migration research in the three principal avenues of migration research. The aspect which we concentrate on in our empirical application, the welfare dependence of immigrants, is a matter of intense debate among economists and policy makers. We contrast the very moderate actual public transfer payment dependence of migrants to Germany with the perception of migrants dependence on public assistance by Germans from various population strata.

Keywords: Immigration, Public Transfers, Attitudes

JEL Classification: J61, J15, I30

Suggested Citation

Fertig, Michael and Schmidt, Christoph M., First- and Second-Generation Migrants in Germany - What Do We Know and What Do People Think? (April 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=267223

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