Partnership Formation in the Context of Migration: Determinants and Consequences

Research question/goal: 

The project explores the process of partnership formation among newly arrived (male) immigrants in the context of skewed sex ratios and newcomers’ pronounced cultural and social distances to the host countries’ mainstream population. In doing so, it applies a two-sided perspective, i.e., it examines the interplay of (subjective) attitudes on part of the majority population within the host society and immigrants’ individual preferences and constraints. Since transnational marriages are common among immigrants, particularly Muslims, the project intends to scrutinize this type of partner choice. Based on the existing data pertaining to older immigrant cohorts, integration prospects of immigrants, their partners and their offspring in transnational, intraethnic and interethnic marriages are to be compared in structural, social and cultural dimensions.

Current stage: 

In 2019, the team worked on the conceptual framework, formulated research questions, and selected possible data sources. The breadth of the topic required a separate consideration of the determinants of partnership formation and its consequences. We therefore decided to focus on the mutual process of partnership formation in the context of refugee migration, taking a closer look at the role of social media and the internet. A grant proposal was prepared and submitted to the European Research Council.

Fact sheet

2018 to 2023
in preparation
Data Sources: 
Secondary data (CILS4EU, NEPS, Pairfam, GSOEP, IQB, AID), primary data collection
Geographic Space: 
Germany (possibly also other European countries)