Labor Market, Migration, and Integration

To gather empirical evidence on the causes and labor market effects of migration-specific inequalities and to use this in developing recommendations for integration policy.

Considering labor market trajectories

In this department, processes of labor market integration are described and analyzed. Its work takes a temporal perspective, highlighting both the life course and the influence of institutional and structural arrangements. One focus of the department’s research is on studying the interdependency between gender and immigration in the production of labor market inequality. Another focus is on analyzing the labor market situation of immigrants and their descendants from a cross-country comparative perspective. A third area of the department’s work studies how immigration affects the German labor market and to what extent changes in employment affect inequality between people with and without an immigration background in the context of structural changes on the German labor market.

Resources and obstacles in labor market trajectories

The department studies the labor market integration and labor market trajectories of immigrants and their children in the context of the resources these individuals have at their disposal and the obstacles they have to overcome. One important question deals with how immigrants and their children use their resources on the German labor market. Another deals with the different forms of discrimination that may pose serious obstacles to their labor market integration. The department’s research considers both objective discrimination as well as individuals’ subjective experiences of discrimination. 

Mixed methods research

The department’s research is characterized by the use of mixed methodologies. A central element of this approach is the evaluation of representative survey data from Germany, including data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), in particular the new SOEP-IAB Migration Sample. Other aspects of the department’s work require the collection and analysis of qualitative and experimental data.


Prof. Dr. Johannes Giesecke

Prof. Dr. Johannes Giesecke

Head of the Department "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration"; Professor for Empirical Social Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin and DIW

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-4422
Fax: +49 (0)30 2093-4430

Prof. Dr. Zerrin Salikutluk

Prof. Dr. Zerrin Salikutluk

Member of the Department "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration"

Fon: +49 (0) 30 2093 66539

Dr. Christian Hunkler

Dr. Christian Hunkler

Postdoctoral Researcher in the units "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration" and "Education and Integration"

Fon: +49 (0)30 - 2093-46258

Dr. Tim Müller

Junior Research Group Leader (assistant professor level)

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46264

MPP Thore Hagemann

MPP Thore Hagemann

Research Fellow "Migration and the welfare state: migration models, fiscal effects, acceptance, and institutional adaptability"

Fon: +49 (0) 30 209370235

Prof. Dr. phil. Ingrid Tucci

Prof. Dr. phil. Ingrid Tucci

Member of the Departments "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration" and "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"; Research Associate at the SOEP Center, DIW Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 89789-465
Fax: +49 (0)30 89789-115

Prof. Dr. Martin Kroh

Prof. Dr. Martin Kroh

Associated Member

Fon: +49 521 106-12980

Dr. Anne-Luise Baumann

Former Member of the Department "Labor market, migration, and integration"

Dr. Clemens Ohlert

Former member of the Department "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration"