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Research Area: Migration and Mobility

Research Director: Dr. Nikola Sander

The migration and mobility behaviours of the population have both direct and indirect impacts on demographic change. International migration has a direct influence on demographic and social structures. Since the middle of the twentieth century, Europe has developed into one of the most important immigration regions of the world. Germany is a chief “immigration magnet”.

Migration and mobility have indirect influences on demographic change, by contrast, when these processes have consequences for family development, quality of life or health and when the geographic distribution of the population is considered. The two research groups focus on the developmental contexts that explain migration and mobility processes.

Research Group: International Migration

The focal point of the research group is on the study of international migration and its influence on demographic and social structures. The group analyses the motives for decisions to migrate internationally as well as the personal and social consequences of migration, such as securing skill workers or participating in the labour market. more

Research Group: Spatial Mobility and Internal Migration

The research group addresses the wide range of work-related, educational and familial mobility processes, examining both personal and social causes and consequences of mobility decisions. Besides migration, the work focuses on circular forms of spatial mobility, like daily and weekly commuting. more

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