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: 

The project is currently in the stage of collecting the first wave of data on the partnership formation processes of refugees. To this end, the infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences is conducting interviews with refugees from Syria and Afghanistan in Germany. Furthermore, first analyses were conducted on data collected within PARFORM modules in the German Internet Panel and the CILS4EU-DE survey. We presented the results at the 2nd IMES ‘Workshop on Immigration, Integration, and Attitudes’ at the ZEW in Mannheim, the ‘41st Congress of the German Sociological Association’ (DGS) in Bielefeld, the seminar at Research Master in Sociology and Demography at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and the workshop ‘Analytical Sociology: Theory and Empirical Applications’ in Venice. The results were also prepared for journal articles and further presentations at international conferences. A paper based on the data from in-depth interviews has been submitted to a journal.

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European Research Council (ERC)
2018 to 2026
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