Coming of age in Germany among descendants of Turkish immigrants: A mixed-methods study based on the SOEP


30 qualitative interviews will be carried out with selected longtime SOEP-respondents with a Turkish background

This project is founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It relates to the research work carried out in the context of the German-French DFG–ANR (French National Research Agency) project “Professional strategies and status transitions of young adults with a migration background in German-French comparison” (in cooperation with the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin). Prof. Olaf Groh-Samberg and Dr. Ingrid Tucci coordinate the project. The researchers will analyze the life courses of young people with a Turkish background.. A unique feature of this study is the integrated analysis of quantitative and qualitative data using a mixed-method design. The aim is to gain an interpretive understanding of these individuals' life courses as well as their handling with contextual factors.  To this end, qualitative interviews will be carried out with 30 selected longtime respondents to the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The research project aims at facilitating interpretation of the life course patterns of children of Turkish migrants identified in quantitative analyses in order to better understand their life decisions, individual experiences, strategies of action, and ways of dealing with the conditions imposed by personal contexts and social environments. It will investigate whether and to what extent biographical turning points can be identified in the life course and will analyze the interviews to test and refine existing theories about the conditions for upward social mobility. A final goal is to explore the potentials, problems, limitations, and particularly the importance of the methodological triangulation for panel surveys as well as possible survey effects in subsequent waves.


05/2014 - 04/2016


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

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