The Working Unit Migration deals with questions concerning the development of competencies and educational trajectories of migrants. The main focus is on the question to what extent migrants and their descendants systematically differ from the native population—for example, in terms of their acquisition of competencies, educational decisions, or returns to education. Furthermore, the team examines whether migration-specific aspects, such as particularly high educational aspirations, competencies in the language of origin, or ethnic discrimination can contribute to the explanation of ethnic educational inequality.


The following projects and subunits are part of the Working Unit Migration:

Subunit NEPS Migration

Project Study Enrolment of High School Graduates with a Migration Background

Project Educational Trajectories of Refugee Children and Adolescents


Completed projects:

Project Refugees in the German Educational System (ReGES)

Project Aiming High

Project Educational Aspirations