Study - summary
women’s lives – family planning and migration
18% of the female population in Germany have a migrant background. More than one fifth of these women are aged between 20 and 44 and thus at an age when family planning and family formation are current issues. Since there is little in the way of fundamental knowledge regarding family formation, contraception and pregnancy termination in this (by place of origin) heterogeneous group, the BZgA commissioned the study “women’s lives: family planning and migration in women’s lives”. In the context of this research project 1,674 women with a migrant background and 839 German women aged between 20 and 44 were surveyed. The examination focused on the two largest migrant groups, i.e. women with a Turkish migrant background and women with an eastern European migrant background. The surveys were conducted in the cities of Berlin, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Oberhausen.
Pregnancy and termination of pregnancy in underage women
Pregnancies and pregnancy terminations amongst women under the age of 18 in Germany are, by international standards, relatively rare. This is thanks to preventive measures tailored specifically to their target group.The Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) supports this preventive work with measures and campaigns that are developed on the basis of scientific insights. It is thus dependent on empirical research in order to guarantee that these preventive efforts match the needs of the target group. It is for this reason that the BZgA supported the research project presented here. It was carried out between 2005 and 2008.