Research project

Female employment after migration

Project description

A large body of literature has amassed that investigates the conditions and processes of the labor market integration of migrants. In this context, female migrants have often been viewed as “tied movers” whose migration decision is subordinate to the behavior of the male breadwinner. How these gendered migration patterns influence the life course of female migrants, however, has often been left unexplored.

This project seeks to fill parts of this research gap by adopting a life course approach to examine how female migrants’ employment decisions intersect with the fertility and partnership domain of the life course. Our project fills a research gap in the following ways: Firstly, we provide novel evidence on recent migrants’ behavior based on rich longitudinal data that has become available for Germany. Secondly, we bridge the rather unrelated strands of literature that examine the employment and family behavior of migrants. Thirdly, we investigate how employment intersects with other domains of the life course, in particular how the conditions at migration span forward in time and influence migrants’ family, employment and poverty dynamics.


German Science Foundation

Project lead


  • Cristina Samper, Research Associate for Michaela Kreyenfeld