Integrating Refugees and Asylum Seekers into the German Economy and Society: Empirical Evidence and Policy Objectives
Since 2013, Germany has experienced a high intake of refugees and asylum seekers compared to other countries in Europe. To provide insights into the integration process, the report analyzes a new dataset derived from a survey conducted by the German Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), and the Socioeconomic Panel at the German Institute for Economic Research (SOEP).
Among its key findings are that recently arrived refugees are finding their footing in the German labor market more quickly than previous cohorts. However, their average monthly earnings remain below those of both other immigrants and of German natives. The labor market outcomes of refugee women were also worse than those of men, suggesting that more could be done to expand the availability and uptake of tailored integration programs.