Social Capital and the Dynamics of Transnational Migration (Polish Migration Project)
This project aims at analyzing the actual and potential dynamics of immigration into Germany comparing classical EU-sending countries with candidates for future EU-membership. A pilot study will be conducted in Poland. The theoretical interest focuses on the impact of 'bounded rationality' and 'social capital' on the underlying decision making and migration processes. The project builds up upon the former MZES project ‘migration potentials’ and strongly follows the idea of the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) conducted at the University of Guadalajara and at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. The project has been transfered to Leipzig University in 2004 when the project director accepted a chair at this university.