Journal Article

Low migrant mortality in Germany for men aged 65 and older: fact or artifact?

Kibele, E. U. B., Scholz, R. D., Shkolnikov, V. M.

European Journal of Epidemiology, 23:6, 389-393 (2008)

Keywords: Germany, migration, mortality, pensioners, registration


Migrant mortality in Europe was found to be lower than mortality of host populations. In Germany, residents with migrant background constitute nearly one tenth of the population aged 65+ with about 40% of them being foreigners. The German Pension Scheme follows vital status of pensioners very accurately. Mortality re-estimation reveals two-fold underestimation of mortality of foreigners due to biased death numerator and population denominator.