Refugee integration – Evaluation

Accompanying evaluation of labor market programs to integrate refugees

Client: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin

Project partners: DIW Berlin; Kantar Public, Munich; IAQ - University of Duisburg-Essen; IAW, Tübingen; IAB, Nürnberg; RWI, Essen

Duration: 01.10.2017 – 31.03.2021

The aim of this project is to gain scientifically sound knowledge on the implementation, utilization and impact of labor market integration programs for refugees. It will analyze the effects of policy instruments (under SGB II and SGB III) for integration into the education and job markets, including vocational language training, on social participation and labor market integration of recent refugees in Germany. The project will also assess the influence of personal characteristics and the local environment on the effectiveness of these tools. At the core of the project is a large-scale panel survey of refugees. The causal analysis of this survey is complemented by the analysis of administrative data and comprehensive implementation analyses. The research findings are meant to help improve the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of refugee integration programs.

An earlier feasibility study developed benchmarks for evaluating integration progress and examined, which methods are best suited to disclose both the effects and interactions of the integration measures:

Holger Bonin

Prof. Dr. Holger Bonin

Research Director