Inside Integration and Acculturation—Migrants' Life Satisfaction in Europe

Research question/goal: 

It is planned to analyse which factors influence the subjective quality of life—defined as satisfaction with life—of migrants in Europe and if immigration countries offer good conditions in this regard for some migrants while offering unfavourable ones for others. Life satisfaction is modelled as the outcome of an evaluation of the direct living conditions by the individuals using a distinct standard of evaluation. This standard of evaluation depends, for example, on the cultural imprint, significant others and individual preferences. Therefore, the life satisfaction of population groups can vary, although they might face equal living conditions, due to varying standards of evaluation. The living conditions of migrants, in turn, are influenced by the structural and cultural arrangements of the society: e.g., the welfare state regime or general attitudes towards immigrants. In light of the increasing international competition for skilled personnel this project can help to evaluate the attractiveness of immigration countries more precisely. First of all, internationally comparable data will be used, and in a second step more detailed analyses will be based on appropriate national data sets.

Current stage: 

At the current stage, we continuously present the latest findings at international conferences (such as the 2018 ISA World congress and ECSR annual conference). A paper focusing on the contextual impact of religion on immigrants’ life satisfaction in the UK was conditionally accepted for a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Another three papers are currently under peer review. In addition, two new studies are underway: one focusing on the impact of Brexit on UK immigrants’ life satisfaction and the other examining host- and home-country heterogeneity regarding unemployed immigrants’ life satisfaction across European countries.

Fact sheet

2010 to 2019
Data Sources: 
secondary data
Geographic Space: 
Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey