Foreigner Survey 1982 (1st Wave: Heads of Household)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Social conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    The economic situation of foreigners in the Federal Republic. Topics: possession of residence in Germany or native country; other foreigners in residential area; residential status; size of residence, furnishings and number of living-rooms; amount of rent. The following was collected for all members of the household individually: detailed information on demography and school education; degree of relationship to head of household; year of arrival and length of stay in the Federal Republic; citizenship; persons in school; payments received under the law regarding grants for higher education (student aid); duration and location of occupational training; vocational training degree; current or last employment; secondary occupation; income from employment or self-employed or from rental or assets; receipt of a 13th month salary as well as other additional compensations; monthly expenditures for taxes as well as compulsory contributions to social security; net income; length of entire employment as well as start of employment in the Federal Republic; unemployment and payments received from the employment office; receipt of pensions; type of health insurance and provision for old age. Information on household as a whole: familiarity or receipt of housing benefit and welfare; reasons for not receiving these payments; receipt of child allowance; assets in the Federal Republic or native country; savings account and saving according to the 624-Mark law; filing an income tax return in 1980; transfer of money or large gifts into the native country as well as recipient of these donations; self-assessment of knowledge of German. Also encoded was: length of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-05 / 1982-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
The last level of Greek, Italian, Yugoslav Spanish and Turkish heads of household in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample with quota sample. The heads of household selected here belong to the same households from which members of the household were interviewed in the second wave of this investigation.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire or written survey under supervision
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 808
    Number of Variables: 360
This data set is the first wave of a two-wave survey and originated in the context of other data sets collected among the German residential population also archived in the Zentralarchiv. These are the Welfare Survey 1980 (ZA Study No. 1142) and the Transfer Survey 1981 (ZA Study No. 1604). In the first wave of the survey the transfer area was surveyed with representative households; in the second wave a randomly drawn person from the same household was interviewed on the topic areas welfare and work income. As needed the respondents were given foreign language questionnaires which then were filled out in writing under supervision and with extensive explanation by the interviewer. The second wave of this investigation is archived under ZA Study No. 1600.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1599 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Dworschak, Franz; Engel, Bernhard; Herget, Hermann; Witt, Kurt: Ausländerstudie 1981: Methodische Konzeption und Pretestergebnisse. Frankfurt und Mannheim: Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, September 1981.
  • Dworschak, Franz: Zum Zusammenhang zwischen Interviewermerkmalen und Interviewereffekten: Wenn Deutsche Ausländer befragen. Frankfurt und Mannheim: Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, Januar 1984. (Arbeitspapier Nr. 131)
  • Wiegand, Erich: Die Inanspruchnahme ausgewählter Sozialleistungen durch Ausländer: Ergebnisse der Ausländerumfrage 1982. Frankfurt und Mannheim: Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, Februar 1984. (Arbeitspapier Nr. 134)
  • Zapf, Wolfgang; Brachtl, Wolfgang: Gastarbeiter und deutsche Bevölkerung. In: Glatzer, Wolfgang; Zapf, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik: Objektive Lebensbedingungen und subjektives Wohlbefinden. Frankfurt: Campus 1984, S. 286 - 306.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22