Transnational Aging as Reflected in Germany's Pension Insurance

In this study the authors made an attempt to estimate migration in later life to and from Germany. The authors made use of register data from the Research Data Centre (FDZ-RV) of the statutory German Pension Fund (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund). Almost all German citizens are covered by pension insurance at least for some time during their professianal life, and most of the migrants living in Germany for a Ionger time have paid pension contributions and so achieved pension claims. Once they reach the age of retirement and fulfill the eligibility criteria, they will receive a pension payment from the Germany Pension Insurance, which is paid even if the retiree Jives in a foreign country. In 2013, more than 16 million people received an old-age pension from the German public pension system. Based on this data source, the authors addressed three research questions:

  1. What is the extent of migration in later life?
  2. In which way has migration in later life developed in the last twenty years?
  3. What future trends can be expected?


Ralf Himmelreicher; Wolfgang Keck

Erschienen in

Horn, Vincent und Schweppe, Cornelia (Hrsg.): Transnational Aging: Current Insights and Future Challenges. Routledge, New York, S. 107-124.


retirement, old age pension, later life, migration, transnational aging


Letzte Änderung: 14.11.2016