As part of the project “Die volkswirtschaftlichen Effekte der Vertriebenen und ihre Integration in Westdeutschland, 1945-70”, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant no. BR 4979/1-1), we have collected detailed county-level data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of expellees (Heimatvertriebene) and non-expellees in West Germany after World War II. You can find the data here: https://doi.org/10.3886/E118361V1
The corner stone of the database is the occupation and population census of 1950. Other data sources include the census of 1939, 1946 and 1961. Sources are listed in each spreadsheet. By downloading the data, you assume full responsibility for their use. Please get in touch if you think that you have discovered a digitization error.
Data and code for replication
“Resettlement Location Shapes the Integration of Forced Migrants: Evidence from Post-war Germany”, EEH 2020: https://doi.org/10.3886/E118223V1
“The Employment Effects of Immigration: Evidence from the Mass Arrival of German Expellees in Post-war Germany”, JEH 2014: https://doi.org/10.3886/E118364V