Immigration of Skilled Workers

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung
Publication Date
  • Infrastest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Domestic political issues
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Minorities
  • Abstract

    Attitudes towards immigration in general, integration and immigration of skilled workers. Attitude towards immigration in general: attitude towards immigration in Germany (scale); significance of immigration policy; satisfaction with the immigration policy of the Federal Government with regard to: concerns of the population, clarification of objectives and measures of immigration policy, integration efforts into German society and the labour market, European solution for immigration to Europe as well as immigration policy in general; important criterion for immigration (e.g. occupation in demand in Germany, family members in Germany, political persecution in the home country, university degree, no delinquency in the home country, good knowledge of German, etc.); policy options for managing and controlling immigration; dealing with rejected asylum seekers or with asylum seekers who have committed crimes (deportation vs. toleration under certain conditions, split-half). Attitude towards integration: assessment of the coexistence of Germans and immigrants; frequency of various reasons for immigration to Germany (civil war in the home country, lack of prospects, good social security systems in Germany, hope for more money, unemployment, persecution in the home country for political or religious reasons, famine or natural disaster in the home country, part of the family lives in Germany, favours on the country and people in Germany). Immigration of skilled workers: opinion on the immigration of highly qualified skilled workers from abroad (allow immigration of skilled workers if no one can be found in Germany vs. qualification of the unemployed); assessment of the shortage of skilled workers in Germany; shortage of skilled workers as a task for companies or politicians; areas with a shortage of skilled workers in Germany (nursing, medicine, the computer sector/ digital sector, crafts, industry, gastronomy, tourism, retail trade , others - open); importance of various measures to combat the shortage of skilled workers in Germany (qualification of people already living in Germany, recruitment of skilled workers from other European countries or from non-European countries); evaluation of various measures to regulate immigration for work and training purposes; work permits for qualified immigrants in all occupations vs. only in occupations with a bottleneck; evaluation of the current regulation on the entry of foreigners with a university degree seeking employment; advocacy of the application of this regulation also for the entry of foreigners with recognised vocational training; expected consequences of the planned Immigration Act for skilled workers (significant reduction in the shortage of skilled workers, better management and control of immigration, Germany´s economic development will benefit, stabilisation of social security systems, securing prosperity, enrichment of life in Germany, wages will fall significantly, increasing competition on the labour market, loss of German culture and idiosyncrasy, further parallel societies, increasing crime, increasing danger of terrorism, cultural conflicts); personal contact with people not born in Germany at work, in the circle of friends, in the neighbourhood and in the family; feeling in society rather preferred, rather disadvantaged or appropriately treated; party preference. Demography: sex; age; education; occupation; occupational status; marital status; household size; number of persons in the household aged 18 and over; migration background; net household income. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; federal state; local size; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-11-02 / 2018-11-17
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Resident population aged 18 and over in private households
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 104
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6722 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 17 | Registration Date: 2019-06-28