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IAB-SOEP Migration Sample Survey Data – Version 1318 v1

DOI: 10.5684/soep.iab-soep-mig.2018


The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample is a household survey conducted jointly by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin. The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample provides a database which permits to gain new insights by addressing various aspects of immigration regarding activation and attraction of skilled immigrants and to provide clear guidance regarding immigration, integration and labour market policies in Germany. The first six survey waves were carried out between 2013 and 2018, with between about 3,000 and almost 5,000 persons taking part in each of them. The survey has partly been financed by the Ministry of labour and social affairs and the questionnaires are similar to the survey “Living in Germany” from the GSOEP at DIW Berlin. Please find more detailed information on the dataset in the outline.

Dataset Descriptions and Questionnaires


Further information and working tools about the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample can be found at the SOEP at DIW Berlin.

Data Access

The IAB-SOEP Migration Sample Survey Data can be downloaded by the applying institutions as a Scientific Use File (SUF). They are also contained in the SOEP data which can be ordered at the SOEP at DIW Berlin.


Researchers working with the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


This study uses the factually anonymous data of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample Survey Data, wave 1-6. Data access was provided via a Scientific Use File supplied by the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). DOI: 10.5684/soep.iab-soep-mig.2018

Data documentation:

Herbert Brücker, Martin Kroh, Simone Bartsch, Jan Goebel, Simon Kühne, Elisabeth Liebau, Parvati Trübswetter, Ingrid Tucci, Jürgen Schupp. 2014. The new IAB-SOEP Migration Sample: an introduction into the methodology and the contents. SOEP Survey Papers 216: Series C. Berlin: DIW/SOEP

According to the FDZ Data Usage Agreement, any type of publication resulting from work with FDZ data must be reported to the FDZ by e-mail to at the latest one month after publication. The notification must include an electronic version of the printed version or, after publication, a reprint or a copy of the publication free of charge.

Data Versions

>> Further information on other versions of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample dataset.