Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21139
Authors: 
Fertig, Michael
Schmidt, Christoph M.
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 286
Abstract: 
This paper provides a snapshot of the stock of immigrants in Germany using the 1995 wave of the Microzensus with a particular emphasis on distinguishing first- and second-generation migrants. On the basis of this portrait, we draw attention to the empirically most relevant groups of immigrants and review the received literature on economic migration research in the three principal avenues of migration research. The aspect which we concentrate on in our empirical application, the welfare dependence of immigrants, is a matter of intense debate among economists and policy makers. We contrast the very moderate actual public transfer payment dependence of migrants to Germany with the perception of migrants dependence on public assistance by Germans from various population strata.
Subjects: 
Immigration
public transfers
attitudes
JEL: 
I30
J61
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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