Publication: Differences in Labour Force Participation by Motherhood Status among Second Generation Turkish and Majority Women across Europe

Title: Differences in Labour Force Participation by Motherhood Status among Turkish Second Generation and Majority Women across Europe
Authors: Jennifer A. Holland and Helga de Valk
Journal: Population Studies, 71(3): 363-78. DOI 10.1080/00324728.2017.1319495
Abstract: Second-generation Turkish immigrants make up an increasingly important segment of European labour markets. These young adults are entering the prime working ages and forming families. However, we have only a limited understanding of the relationship between labour force participation and parenthood among second-generation Turkish women. Using unique data from the Integration of the European Second Generation survey (2007/08), we compared the labour force participation of second-generation Turkish women with their majority-group counterparts by motherhood status in four countries. We found evidence that motherhood gaps, with respect to labour force participation, were similar for majority and second-generation Turkish women in Germany and in Sweden; however, there may be larger gaps for second-generation mothers than for majority women in the Netherlands and France. Cross-national findings were consistent with the view that national normative and social policy contexts are relevant for the labour force participation of all women, regardless of migrant background.

Population Association of America annual meetings, 2013.
Nordic Demographic Symposium, 2012
Gender and Partnership Dynamics Workshop, Statistics Norway and the Norwegian Research Council, 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).


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