Our project

Over the past decades, Afghanistan has become increasingly insecure to live. This has led to a large number of Afghans coming to Germany. Unfortunately, recent immigrants face many problems which prevent their full integration in the German society.

Our survey aims to identify these problems and their effects on the lives of Afghan immigrants. We are particularly interested in integration based or work related problems. We would also like to understand if these recent migrants can cover their basic needs such as health, education and accommodation. Moreover, learning their expectations and future plans are critical for effective reform.

We hope to gather information on the major problems individuals in the community face. The knowledge gained will be used to advocate for improved integration policies.

Every story is important. Help us give voice to migrants.

Survey details

During the survey period, we will meet Afghan immigrants and refugees in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and their surrounding suburbs. A complete interview (in Dari or Pashto) takes between 45 to 60 minutes and the questions are about their current stay in Germany.

We hope to gather information on the major problems individuals in the community face. The knowledge gained will be used to advocate for improved integration policies. By removing the hurdles and fulfilling the expectations, the potential and time of Afghan immigrants can be used in a better way.

Anonymity
The survey will not concentrate on any single person. Therefore, we do not ask for names and do not save addresses or anything that allows us to identify any person. Our hope is to help the Afghan community as a whole, current and future immigrants included.

We want to understand:

  • The problems they face since their arrival and how these affect their lives,
  • if their basic needs are covered,
  • their motivation to integrate,
  • their expectations and future plans.

Participation to the survey
Eligible persons are individuals:

  1. born or national of Afghanistan,
  2. who arrived in Germany in 2014 or later,
  3. who live in Munich or surrounding suburbs,
  4. are at least 18 years old,
  5. and received an invitation.

Participants earn 20€ for completing the survey and receive up to 20€ extra for inviting other eligible migrants.

Our Research Institute

With a total of 84 Max Planck Institutes and facilities, Max Planck Society is Germany’s most successful research organization. The Survey on Migrants’ Expectations in Germany is part of the Research Initiative on Migration which involves 5 other Max Planck Institutes.

The Survey on Migrants’ Expectations in Germany is conducted by the Munich Center for the Economics of Ageing (MEA), a department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. By collecting data on the challenges and potential of the Afghan migrant community, integration policy can be developed based upon migrants’ needs.

Would you like to know more?

Our project team (from left to right): Reza Bagheri; Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.; Dr. Diana López-Falcón;
May Khourshed; Romuald Méango, Ph.D. & Reem Hassan

Please contact us:

Reem Hassan and Reza Bagheri

Amalienstraße 33
80799 München
Phone: +49(0)89/ 38602-342
Email: integration©mpisoc.mpg.de

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