The Right Choice? Immigrants’ Life Satisfaction in Europe
It is planned to analyze what influences the subjective quality of life – defined as satisfaction with life – of migrants in Europe and if 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 face equal living conditions due to varying standards of evaluation. The living conditions of migrants, in turn, are being 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.
After the project proposal was rejected by the German Science Foundation (DFG) with the suggestion to revise and re-submit it, the proposal is currently being modified. In particular, the scheduled research programme is reduced to allow a more detailed study of the main issues. Additionally, further data sources are made accessible and the relevant constructs are discussed in more detail. Provision is made for finalising the modifications by early March 2013 and for re-submitting the proposal again to the DFG afterwards.