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: 

In the current stage, we are continuing to present the latest findings at international conferences (e.g., RC28). A study at the cross-country level has been published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, and another study focusing on the relationship between immigrants’ relative income status and life satisfaction in the UK is undergoing the second round of peer review process after having been granted a ’revise and resubmit’. More manuscripts are in progress. One paper about adolescents’ body weight and life satisfaction in three European countries has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal; three more studies focusing on immigrants’ life satisfaction in British society and in Europe at large are in preparation.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
DFG
Duration: 
2010 to 2018
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
secondary data
Geographic Space: 
Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey

Publications