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Education, Migration and Innovation

The IW's Education, Immigration and Innovation competence area is researching how education and immigration contribute to securing skilled labor. 

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The experts scrutinise the educational system from early-childhood teaching, primary and secondary schools right up to tertiary education. The focus is on both monitoring educational processes and policy developments as well as issues of funding and fairness with respect to the education system. Our economists analyse the contribution of migration to securing a skilled workforce, examine the importance of workers qualified in STEM subjects (science, technology, electronics and mathematics) for a country’s innovation performance and investigate whether such workers are sufficiently available to the labour market. The unit identifies potential bottlenecks and suggests how these might be removed.

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Contact

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Axel Plünnecke

Prof. Dr. Axel Plünnecke

Head of Cluster Education, Immigration and Innovation

Tel: +49 221 4981-701
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Christina Anger

Dr. Christina Anger

Head of the Research Group Microdata and Method Development

Tel: +49 221 4981-718
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Julia Betz

Julia Betz

Consultant Education Monitor and MINT

Tel: +49 221 4981-675
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Jean-Marc Djanhan

Jean-Marc Djanhan

Economist for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-520
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Wido Geis-Thöne

Dr. Wido Geis-Thöne

Senior Economist for Family Policy and Migration Issues

Tel: +49 221 4981-705
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Justina Godesberg

Justina Godesberg

Deputy Teamleader Project Make it in Germany

Tel: +49 221 4981-875
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Alexandra Köbler

Alexandra Köbler

Consultant for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-687
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Oliver Koppel

Dr. Oliver Koppel

Senior Economist for Innovation and S+E

Tel: +49 221 4981-716
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Kerstin Krey

Kerstin Krey

Head of Cluster Education, Immigration and Innovation

Tel: +49 221 4981-833

Fax: +49 221 4981-99833

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René Lang

René Lang

Researcher in the "Make it in Germany" project

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Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Researcher for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-872
Vanessa Pohlmann

Vanessa Pohlmann

Consultant for event management and public relations

Tel: +49 221 4981-834
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Studies and contributions

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Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system
IW-Report No. 30 29. May 2022

Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system

Wido Geis-Thöne

Against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression, more and more families in Ukraine are seeking protection in Germany. On 5 May 2022, around 242,000 underaged refugee from Ukraine were registered in Germany and the influx of refugees continues.

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an Analysis Based on the Socio-Economic-Panel (SOEP)
IW-Trends No. 1 14. May 2022

Children with Non-German-Speaking Parents: an Analysis Based on the Socio-Economic-Panel (SOEP)

Wido Geis-Thöne

Children whose parents lack a good command of German are at a clear disadvantage in the German education system. A dedicated analysis of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) shows that, in 2019, for 10.5 per cent of children under 16 at least one parent, and for 5.2 per cent both parents, were not fluent in German.

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Emigration from Germany with an overall very positive migration balance
IW-Report No. 13 29. March 2022

Emigration from Germany with an overall very positive migration balance

Wido Geis-Thöne

Germany is an immigration country that has recorded large migration gains in recent years. However, the numbers of departures were also at a very high level in 2019 with 1.2 million and 2020 with 970,000. This is mainly explained by the fact that many forms of migration have a temporary character. Therefore, it is not necessarily to be regarded as critical.

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Life course migration and regional population development
IW-Report No. 6 2. February 2022

Life course migration and regional population development

Wido Geis-Thöne

Against the background of demographic change, Germany is increasingly dependent on immigration to secure growth and prosperity. In this context, the actors at the municipal level must also become active and shape their own regional migration and demographic policy. This is particularly the case in regions affected by high emigration.

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A great success for Germany
IW-Report No. 1 4. January 2022

Immigration from India: A great success for Germany

Wido Geis-Thöne

With the retirement of the baby boomers from the labour market, Germany will be increasingly dependent on skilled workers from abroad in the coming years in order to stabilise its economic performance.

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Recommendations to the new federal government
IW-Policy Paper No. 26 28. October 2021

What business needs to shape the transformation: Recommendations to the new federal government

Vera Demary / Jürgen Matthes / Axel Plünnecke / Thilo Schaefer

Germany is facing major structural challenges stemming from the four trends digitalisation, decarbonisation, demographics and de-globalisation. These trends occur simultaneously and cause additional demand for policy, especially at their interfaces, so that the transformation process can be shaped successfully.

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Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW
IW-Report No. 40 27. October 2021

Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW

Malte Küper / Oliver Koppel / Enno Kohlisch

Transforming the economy towards climate-neutrality poses major challenges for the energy-intensive primary industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). At the same time, the development of environmentally friendly basic materials and production processes presents a great potential for transforming NRW into an attractive industrial location for the future.

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An Analysis of Demographic Structures in the 27 EU Countries
IW-Report No. 38 14. October 2021

Working Age Populations Develop Differently in Europe

Wido Geis-Thöne

If Germany does not succeed in attracting immigrants on a large scale in the next few years, the working-age population will decline sharply. According to the European population projection EUROPOP from 2019, the number of 20–64-year-olds could be 11.2 percent lower in 2030 than in 2020, if there would be no migration. In this case, a decline of only 6.9 percent would be expected in the EU average, and only Lithuania would show a more negative development.

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Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry
IW-Trends No. 3 14. September 2021

Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry

Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Malte Küper / Thomas Puls

Social and political change necessitates corresponding innovations in motor vehicle technology. This paper analyses the nature of current technological progress in Germany’s motor vehicle industry.

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Gleichzeitig: Wie vier Disruptionen die deutsche Wirtschaft verändern
IW-Studie 10. September 2021

Gleichzeitig: Wie vier Disruptionen die deutsche Wirtschaft verändern

Vera Demary / Jürgen Matthes / Axel Plünnecke / Thilo Schaefer

Deutschland steht vor großen strukturellen Herausforderungen. Die Corona-Pandemie dominiert seit dem Frühjahr 2020 das politische wie wirtschaftliche Handeln. Darüber hinaus gibt es Entwicklungen, die Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Staat beeinflussen: Digitalisierung, Dekarbonisierung, Demografie und De-Globalisierung.

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