Volunteering Among Migrants Aged 40 Years and Above in Germany
In respect to volunteering among migrants, two opposed hypotheses are discussed: (a) Among migrants volunteering rates should be lower than in the native population, due to deficient language skills or disadvantaged socio-economic status. (b) In contrast, it could be assumed, that among migrants volunteering rates should be higher, due to necessity to cope with challenges in the migration process and with the integration in the host country.
We deal with two research questions: Do the volunteering rates of the migrant and the non-migrant population differ in middle and late adulthood? How can differences in volunteering rates in migrants and non-migrants be explained? The analyses are based on the German Survey on Volunteering, a representative telephone survey of the population aged 14 and older. The results show that among the population in middle and late life migrants are less likely to volunteer than non-migrants in Germany. The differences can be partially attributed to the duration of stay at the place of residence. However, the group of migrants is very heterogeneous.