Partnership Formation in the Context of Recent Refugee Migration (PARFORM)

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.

Current stage: 

In 2021, the project team carried out qualitative interviews with 20 young refugee men of Syrian and Afghan origin about their partner search strategies. These interviews were complemented by 5 interviews with individuals with a migration background, who were either born or have been living in Germany for a long time. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed and are currently being analysed using qualitative data analysis tools. Building on the experience from the qualitative interviews, the project team has been developing and pre-testing the questionnaire for the first wave of a quantitative panel survey to be carried out in 2022. Moreover, the project team has acquired contact information from male refugees aged 18–30 in 14 German municipalities to draw a sample for the quantitative panel survey.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
European Research Council (ERC)
Duration: 
2018 to 2026
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
Primary data
Geographic Space: 
Germany

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