WIP: Pathways into Family Life among Migrant and Majority Populations

Title: Pathways into Family Life among Migrant and Majority Populations in Scandinavia
Authors: Jennifer A. Holland and Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik
Abstract: Using high-quality administrative register data, we investigate differential pathways into family life among all migrant- and non-migrant-background individuals born between 1972 and 1989, who grew up in Sweden and Norway.  Beginning a family via marriage or the birth a child, and the relative timing of these transitions may be evidence of differences or similarities in the meaning attached to family life across majority and migrant-background subpopulations. We analyzing differential hazards of family formation, differentiating those who begin their families with a marriage or a first birth by migrant generation and (parental) region of origin. We then investigate these pathways within in a competing risk framework (multinomial logistic regression), accounting for a wider range of individual characteristics. Results highlight the unique position of the second generation with respect to union formation behaviors relative migrants arriving as children and majority populations across these contexts.

British Society for Population Studies Annual Meeting, Winchester, UK (2014)
Population Association of America Annual Meetings, Boston, MA, USA (2014)
Dutch Demography Day, Utrecht, Netherlands (2012).

Support for this work comes from the European Research Council Starting Grant project “Families of migrant origin—a life course perspective” (project no. 263829) and the Research Council of Norway project “Family dynamics, fertility choices and family policy” (project no. 202442/S20).


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