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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 the Research Unit Education, Migration 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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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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Corinna Kremers

Corinna Kremers

Consultant for education

Tel: +49 221 4981-771

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Kerstin Krey

Kerstin Krey

Teamleader Project Make it in Germany

Tel: +49 221 4981-833

Fax:+49 221 4981-99833

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Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Researcher for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-872

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Enno Kohlisch

Enno Kohlisch

Economist for MINT report and engineering labour market

Tel: +49 221 4981-879

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Aiste Schiwy

Aiste Schiwy

Consultant for immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-738

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Katharina Urbanczyk

Katharina Urbanczyk

Consultant for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-667

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Isabel Vahlhaus

Isabel Vahlhaus

Project Manager AlphaGrund

Tel: +49 221 4981-769

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Studies and contributions

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Possible Developments in the Supply of Skilled Workers up to the Year 2040
IW-Report No. 11 7. April 2021

Possible Developments in the Supply of Skilled Workers up to the Year 2040

Wido Geis-Thöne

The German labor market is on the verge of a fundamental upheaval. While the number of people in the labor force has risen steadily in recent decades, it is likely to drop significantly as soon as the baby boomers retire.

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Conceptual Considerations and Results Based on the Socio-Economic Panel
IW-Report No. 8 16. March 2021

The State of Integration in Germany

Wido Geis-Thöne

In order to be able to make well-founded statements on the state of integration, it must first be clarified what this should actually entail. From the Duden's definition of a "connection of a multiplicity of individual persons or groups to form a social and cultural unit (Duden, 2020)", three areas can be derived.

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The Social Situation of Young People from Non-German-Speaking Families
IW-Trends No. 1 8. February 2021

The Social Situation of Young People from Non-German-Speaking Families

Wido Geis-Thöne

An analysis of the microcensus shows that in 2017, around 2.4 million children and adolescents in Germany lived in non-German-speaking households. This corresponds to 17.7 per cent of all minors (under the age of eighteen) and 47.0 per cent of those with a migration background (defined as having at least one parent not born a German citizen).

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A Challenge for the German Education System
IW-Analyse No. 140 21. January 2021

Equality of Educational Opportunity: A Challenge for the German Education System

Christina Anger / Axel Plünnecke

Germany has been making good progress towards achieving equality of opportunity in its education system. Latterly, however, it has become clear that the correlation between socio-economic background and educational success is again becoming more pronounced, a phenomenon which can be partly attributed to the high level of immigration in recent years.

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An Analysis of Socio-economic Aspects of Internal Migration Based on the Microcensus
IW-Trends No. 4 14. December 2020

The Highly Qualified Move More Frequently Between Regions

Wido Geis-Thöne

Very little is yet known about the socio-economic aspects of internal migration, as migration statistics report merely age, sex, nationality and where the move was to and from. Only since the 2017 survey has the German microcensus included a compulsory question regarding place of residence the previous year, making it useful for studies on internal migration.

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