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Did Immigrants Perceive More Job Insecurity during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic? Evidence from German Panel Data

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Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
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Center for Civil Society Research, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), 10785 Berlin, Germany
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German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Social and Economic Sciences, University of Bamberg, 96045 Bamberg, Germany
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German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(5), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050224
Received: 11 April 2022 / Revised: 13 May 2022 / Accepted: 18 May 2022 / Published: 21 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Work, Employment and the Labor Market)
Immigrants have been affected more than native-born ethnic majority populations by the negative economic consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This contribution examines whether they have also experienced higher levels of perceived job insecurity, reflected in a differential increase in financial concerns and the fear of job loss during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This empirical study employs the SOEP-CoV survey, which assesses the socio-economic consequences of SARS-CoV-2. It is embedded in the ongoing German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). We present OLS models to compare perceptions of job insecurity across groups, capturing the situation before and during the pandemic. The analyses reveal that first-generation immigrants reported more financial worries, and they perceived a higher chance of job loss than second-generation immigrants and the native-born ethnic majority. This difference in economic concerns emerged only in the pandemic. Despite covering a wide range of conditions signaling objective risk of job loss, as well as individuals’ means and resources for dealing with looming job loss, these disparities persisted in the empirical study. Considering group-membership-related feelings of acceptance and inclusion could provide a promising route for future inquiry that may allow the remaining gap in subjective job insecurity to be accounted for. View Full-Text
Keywords: job insecurity; immigrants; labor market; migration; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Germany job insecurity; immigrants; labor market; migration; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Germany
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Bürmann, M.; Jacobsen, J.; Kristen, C.; Kühne, S.; Tsolak, D. Did Immigrants Perceive More Job Insecurity during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic? Evidence from German Panel Data. Soc. Sci. 2022, 11, 224. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050224

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Bürmann M, Jacobsen J, Kristen C, Kühne S, Tsolak D. Did Immigrants Perceive More Job Insecurity during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic? Evidence from German Panel Data. Social Sciences. 2022; 11(5):224. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050224

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Bürmann, Marvin, Jannes Jacobsen, Cornelia Kristen, Simon Kühne, and Dorian Tsolak. 2022. "Did Immigrants Perceive More Job Insecurity during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic? Evidence from German Panel Data" Social Sciences 11, no. 5: 224. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050224

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