An intensive debate has come about in the past few years on the increasing emigration from Germany. The obvious tendency of the international migration of employees who have the highest qualification levels is particularly worrying. However, the controversial public and academic discussion suffers from a shortage of differentiated scientific analyses. Against this background, this project aims to process the current state of research on the international migration of German nationals and – by means of surveys of its own – to obtain more precise information, both on the development and structure and on the explanation of this migration. The results so far have been summarised in a monograph, and were published in June 2010. Future analyses will particularly focus on the emigration of highly-qualified people in the European and international contexts.