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Foreign Workers in the Federal Republic (1978)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Consumption/consumer behaviour
  • Abstract

    The social and economic situation of guest workers in the FRG. Contacts with country of origin and desire to return. Topics: current and planned further length of stay in the FRG; frequency of trips home in the last few years and means of transport used for this; number of children and family size; family members coming later; greatest concerns and difficulties in the FRG; assumed attitude of Germans to guest workers; most important tasks of the trade unions; job satisfaction; money transfers and taking money home; use of guest worker programs on radio and television; use of print media; interest in German citizenship; authorities, organizations and associations that make the greatest effort for foreign workers; use of cigarettes and preferred brand; brand of cigarettes taken home; brand and price of watch purchased in the last year; purchase of the watch second-hand; detailed determination of possession of durable economic goods; financial investment possibilities used; interest in return home and type of employment planned there; judgement on one´s own economic situation and social development in native country; assessment of the chances of foreign workers in the FRG; short time work; preparing meals and cooking opportunities in one´s residence; difficulties of one´s children in school; coffee consumption and preferred brand of coffee; making as well as frequency of consumption of coffee. Demography: age; sex; marital status; ages of children (classified); school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; area of business of company; income; housing situation; residential status; satisfaction with residence; monthly rent; maximum bearable rent; party inclination; nationality; occupation of father; local residency; car possession; used car; car radio. Interviewer rating: city size; presence of other persons during the interview; communication difficulties; judgement on language knowledge of respondent; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Spaniards, Italians, Yugoslavs, Greeks and Turks who live in the FRG.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1486
The procedure in the survey of foreign workers is described in ZA Study No. 1328. The study is part of an omnibus survey and part of a trend survey.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1076 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

MARPLAN, Offenbach (1978): Ausländische Arbeitnehmer in der Bundesrepublik (1978). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.