In cooperation with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) Nuernberg, our research group at the Free University Berlin studies the life situation of people with a migration background who have been unemployed and depending on support according to the SGB II (Hartz IV) for a long time. While research about the topics of unemployment and of living on basic social security has produced a number of important insights, knowledge about the situation and possible problems of people with a migration background is rather limited.
Of particular interest are issues such as:
In the focus of the study are people with a Turkish migration background as well as Russian speaking migrants (from the former Soviet-Union, ‘ethnic German repatriates’). Their expectations and experiences are analyzed with qualitative interviews and focus groups. This is complemented by an exploration of the socio-spatial conditions migrants live in and the use they make of it. Finally, expert-interviews are conducted to complement the study.
The project is part of the study “Poverty Dynamics and Labor Market – Occurrence, Perpetuation and Overcoming Benefit Recipience of Need for Help of inemployable People” (directed by Dr. Andreas Hirseland) created by the IAB-research area “Joblessness and Social Inclusion” and running in place since 2007, which is run in the context of the research about the basic security for people seeking work according to BMAS § 55 SGB II funded by the Federal Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs on the basis of § 55 SGB II.