Social and Cultural Determinants of the Conduct of Foreign Workers (Ecological Investigation)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Esser, Hartmut (Institut für Arbeitssoziologie und Arbeitspolitik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Arbeitssoziologie und Arbeitspolitik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Migration
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Living and housing situation of the German and the foreign population in selected parts of town in Cologne. Attitude to integration and contacts with countrymen or foreigners. Topics: The survey consists of a common part for foreigners and Germans and a supplemental part posed only to foreigners. The common part contains the following questions: judgement on the proportion of countrymen or foreigners in the residential area; local residency and moving frequency within the city; utilization of ethnic facilities in the municipal area; description of housing situation; manner of arranging residence; length of residence; rent costs; proportion of countrymen and foreigners in residential building; length of residence and satisfaction with housing; interest and reasons for change of residence; attitude or assumed attitude to integration of guest workers and presumable reasons for the difficulties of foreigners in the FRG (scales); neighborhood contacts and desire for more contacts with countrymen or foreigners; general contentment with life; leisure activities; information on personal employment and that of spouse; weekly working hours; work satisfaction; desire for occupational mobility. Among foreigners the following additional questions were posed: size of place of residence in country of origin; vocational training and last occupational activity in native country; reasons for moving to the FRG and planned length of stay; first occupational activity after moving to the FRG; housing situation after moving; presence and use of ethnic infrastructure facilities in residential area; interest in acquisition of German citizenship; self-assessment of knowledge of German and participation in German courses. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children under 15 years; school education; vocational training; occupation; occupational position; employment; income; income of spouse; size of household; residential status; employment of spouse; occupation of spouse; occupational position of spouse.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-03 / 1979-06
Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
Sampled Universe
German and foreign (Turkish and Italian) persons in the parts of town Kalk, Humboldt-Gremberg, Chorweiler and Bocklemuend-Mengenich.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified cluster sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire of foreigners and written survey of Germans
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 737
    Number of Variables: 281
See also the surveys archived under ZA Study Nos. 1042 to 1044 conducted in the same project. The survey of foreigners was conducted by interviewers who were countrymen of the respondents.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1045 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22