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Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe

We are studying the forms in which Europeans become (geographically) mobile due to labor market demands, and in which ways this affects their family lives, their social integration, and their well-being.

The interdisciplinary international comparative social sciences research project was initially funded by the European Commission in the Sixth Framework Programme from 2006 to 2008. The first wave of the survey was conducted in 2007 in six countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. 7,220 randomly selected people have been interviewed.

A second wave (n=1,735) was conducted in Germany in 2010 as well as in France, Spain and Switzerland in 2011/2012. Aside from re-interviewing the participants from the first wave, an additional survey (oversampling) of first-time interviewed highly mobile persons was carried out in Germany and France (n=499). The second wave also features a collection of extensive retrospective data about spatial mobility, employment, partnership and family. Furthermore, the second wave includes new contents with topics such as social integration, volunteerism and social mobility.

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Basic information and results for the first wave are summarised in the Policy Brief.

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