Interaction between childbearing and partnership trajectories among immigrants and their descendants in France: an application of multichannel sequence analysis

Isaure Delaporte*, Hill Kulu

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Abstract

While there is a large literature investigating migrant marriage or fertility, little research has examined how childbearing and partnerships are interrelated. In this paper, we investigate how childbearing and partnership trajectories evolve and interact over the life course for immigrants and their descendants and how the relationship varies by migrant origin. We apply multichannel sequence analysis to rich longitudinal survey data from France and find significant differences in family-related behaviour between immigrants, their descendants, and the native French. Immigrants’ family behaviour is characterized by stronger association between marriage and childbearing than in the native population. However, there are significant differences across migrant groups. Turkish immigrants exhibit the most conservative family pathways. By contrast, the family behaviour of European immigrants is similar to that of the native population. The study also demonstrates that the family behaviour of some descendant groups has gradually become indistinguishable from that of the native French, whereas for other groups significant differences in family behaviour persist.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalPopulation Studies
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date5 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Immigrants
  • Second generation
  • Fertility
  • Partnership
  • Assimilation
  • Multichannel sequence analysis
  • Life course approach

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