Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #425

Young FSU Migrants in Germany: Educational Attainment and Early Labor Market Outcomes

by Regina Flake

RGS Econ, RUB, RWI, 07/2013, 44 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-481-5 DOI: 10.4419/86788481



This study analyzes the educational attainment and early labor market outcomes of young migrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) who arrived in Germany between 1989 and 1994. The results reveal that migrants have lower educational attainments than natives, and that within the group of migrants, Jewish migrants perform better than ethnic German migrants. A decomposition analysis reveals that this competitive edge can, for the most part, be explained by a higher socioeconomic background. In the labor market, migrants cannot compensate for their educational disadvantage and have poorer labor market outcomes than natives. The results of this study stress the importance of an early educational integration of migrants for a successful labor market integration in the long run.

JEL-Classification: F22, I20, J30, J60

Keywords: International migration; education; wages; unemployment; intergenerational mobility; integration