"In knowledge-based Western industrial societies, international migration has become an essential condition for economic growth and is increasingly gaining importance at the individual level when it comes to the distribution of social positions and life opportunities. The aim of the research project is to examine the individual consequences of international migration with respect to the further course of life based on the example of emigration from Germany and remigration to Germany. Do temporary or even long-term stays abroad actually contribute to a successful professional life? Is spatial immobility related to lower life chances and social exclusion?
The project investigates the consequences of international migration in the light of traditional differentiations of social structure analysis and inequality research according to four dimensions of the life course, such as employment and income, well-being and life satisfaction, relationship and family, as well as social relations and social participation. Whereas migration research has traditionally focused on the integration of immigrants into the host society, the German Emigration and Remigration Panel Study examines the consequences of mobility by comparing it with the non-mobile population of the society of origin and as results of individual life courses."