Research event

FEM: Female employment after migration

A presentation by Michaela Kreyenfeld (Hertie School). This event is part of the Fundamental Rights Research colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

A large body of literature has amassed that investigates the conditions and processes of the labor market integration of male migrants. Migrant women’s employment, which has often been viewed as “subservient” to the labor market requirements of the male partner, has received significantly less attention. How the gendered migration patterns influence the life courses of female migrants has, thus, often been left unexplored. Previous studies have pointed out that employment rates of female migrants are much lower than those of the native population in most countries of Europe. This means that female migrants have few possibilities to integrate into the society of the host country through gainful employment. Moreover, low female employment rates may have repercussions on the economic foundation of migrant families. This project generates key indicators that map migrant women’s family behaviour and labour market experience in Germany. We mainly draw on large scale data, such as the micro-census and the migrant samples of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Typical questions that we have raised in this project are, for example, how long does it take for female migrants to enter the German labour market? How is labour market entry related to the partnership situation? How do patterns vary by level of qualification and countries of origin?

Michaela Kreyenfeld is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School. Her research focuses on family behaviour, life course analysis, social policy and migration. Until 2016, she led the research group Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. Between 2005 and 2012, she was a Junior Professor of Demography at Rostock University. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). Kreyenfeld is on the board of the German Society of Demography (DGD) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Research and of Comparative Population Studies. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and she serves on the Expert Commission for Population Projections of the Federal Statistical Office Germany. Currently, she is also a member of the Expert Commission for the ”Ninth Family Report of the German Government”. She studied social science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Rostock in 2002.