Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183869
Authors: 
Gambaro, Ludovica
Kreyenfeld, Michaela
Schacht, Diana
Spieß, C. Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Weekly Report [ISSN:] 2568-7697 [Volume:] 8 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 42 [Pages:] 415-425
Abstract: 
Family strongly influences personal well-being-especially in the case of refugees, whose family members often remain in their homeland. This report is the first to closely examine the well-being and family structures of refugees who came to Germany between January 2013 and January 2016. It uses data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany. Among individuals aged between 18 and 49, nine percent have minor children living outside Germany, whereas twelve percent have a husband or wife living abroad. If the nuclear family is living in Germany-which is more often the case for women than men-refugees are measurably more satisfied with their lives. These findings are also confirmed when accounting for other potential factors for well-being. These findings should be given greater consideration-not least in the debate on family reunification-to enable successful migration, integration, and family policies.
Subjects: 
refugees
family structure
family reunification
children
well-being
JEL: 
H31
I31
J12
Document Type: 
Article

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