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The transferability of foreign educational credentials - the case of ethnic German migrants in the German labor market

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  • Michaela Kreyenfeld

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Dirk Konietzka

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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Since the breakdown of communism, Germany has experienced a major influx of Ethnic German migrants from Eastern Europe. In this paper, we use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel of the year 1998 to analyze the integration of Ethnic German migrants into the German labor market. We particularly focus on the transferability of educational credentials for the labor market integration of migrants. Although there are official procedures for Ethnic Germans to have their educational and vocational certificates recognized, only half of them are working in the occupation they were actually trained for. However, for migrants working in their trained occupation is a prerequisite for performing well in the German labor market. The problems Ethnic German migrants are faced with transferring their vocational skills lead us to some general conclusions on the dominant allocation mechanisms and also predictions on the fate of future migrant populations in the German labor market. (AUTHORS)

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  • Michaela Kreyenfeld & Dirk Konietzka, 2001. "The transferability of foreign educational credentials - the case of ethnic German migrants in the German labor market," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-002, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    1. Flake, Regina, 2013. "Young FSU Migrants in Germany: Educational Attainment and Early Labor Market Outcomes," Ruhr Economic Papers 425, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
    2. Thomsen, Stephan L. & Gernandt, Johannes & Aldashev, Alisher, 2007. "Earnings Prospects for People with Migration Background in Germany," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-031 [rev.], ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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    4. Regina Flake, 2013. "Young FSU Migrants in Germany: Educational Attainment and Early Labor Market Outcomes," Ruhr Economic Papers 0425, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
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