Information for the “PARFORM – Partnerships and Friendships in Germany” Survey
Aim of the survey
We want to understand what the living situation of young adults with refugee experience in Germany currently looks like. What are young people’s ideas and attitudes about the future? How easily do they find friends and partners here? What kind of educational or professional situation are they in? The answers to these questions will help to understand and, if necessary, improve the living conditions of new immigrants in Germany.
Conditions of participation
A full picture of young adults with refugee experience can only be obtained if all selected individuals participate in the study. Therefore, only individuals randomly selected from the address lists of residents’ registration offices can participate. This random sample ensures that we draw correct conclusions about all young adults with refugee experience in Germany.
Soon you will receive an invitation to the PARFORM survey and decide whether you want to participate in the survey online or in person. If you decide to have an oral interview, you will be contacted by an interviewer from the survey institute infas (Institute for Applied Social Sciences) in the next few weeks. Together, you can arrange a suitable date for the survey during the interview. If you are contacted, we kindly ask you to take part in our survey. The interview will last no more than an hour and can be conducted in one of the following languages: Arabic, Dari, German, or Pashto. As a thank you for your participation, you will receive 20 Euros. If you decide to take part in an online survey, please follow the link entered in the letter. As a thank you for your online participation, you will receive 10 Euros.
After the first survey, two more interviews will be conducted in 6-12 months. To participate in the other two surveys, we will contact you either by post, email, or telephone. We will provide you with a link that will take you to the online survey. There you have to enter a personal code, which we will give you in an email, and this will take you to the questions.
Both follow-up surveys are much shorter than the first and will last no longer than 20 minutes. You will receive a voucher of 10 Euros for your participation. The voucher is expected to be sent to you by post, email, or SMS. At the end of the online survey, we ask you to give us your name as well as the address, telephone number, or email address to which the voucher can be sent. In order for questions to be clarified quickly and personally during the mailing, please also provide us with an email address and telephone number where we can reach you. In accordance with your consent, this data will also be used for contacting you (invitations to follow-up surveys).
Of course, your participation in the study is voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any time without giving any reason. If you withdraw your consent or do not wish to participate, you will of course not face any consequences. We further guarantee that your information will be treated confidentially, and all data protection rules will be strictly observed.
Handling the obtained data
The survey data is stored separately from your name and address. However, in a survey project in which individuals are interviewed several times, it is important to be able to connect the data from several surveys, without linking it to the name and individual. For this reason, the data is pseudonymised. This means that survey data is marked with a participant ID, which consists of a sequence of numbers and is not related to your name.
This participant ID is also assigned to the name and address data. However, these are always stored separately from the survey data and never connected to it. A person’s survey data can thus be added to those from previous surveys without associating them to the person’s name.
After the end of the survey project (year 2026), the contact data will be deleted so that the link between name and participant ID can no longer be established. Of course, you have the right to request deletion at an earlier stage. From the time the participant ID is deleted, the research data will no longer contain any information that can be linked to you.
Scientific publications are created in such a way that it is no longer possible to draw conclusions about individual persons. For example, distributions according to subgroups are presented via the sum of all individual data on a specific question. We’d ask you, for instance, what you mainly do professionally or educationally at the time of the survey. This can be evaluated separately for men and women, as pictured in the following:
Further use of the data
The data collected in the survey will be analysed by our project team for the purpose of scientific research on the above-mentioned topics. The dataset will consist of the respondents’ data collected during the survey as well as additional regional and contextual information. The data will not contain names but an identification number assigned by us, from which third parties will not be able to infer the identity of the respondents. This identification number is not identical to your participant ID.
After the end of the project, the survey data will be made available to researchers from scientific research institutes in an anonymised form for non-commercial research projects in the social sciences. For this purpose, the data will be archived in the Data Archive for Social Sciences (DAS) at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne. In this document you will find detailed information about the processing and the protection of your data within the Parform project.
The study will be conducted by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim.
Further information, for example about the study’s content, can be found on our website. Should you have any questions, concerns, or doubts do not hesitate to reach out to us via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or give our project team a phone call.