Union formation and dissolution among immigrants and their descendants in the United Kingdom

Tina Hannemann*, Hill Kulu

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND

    There is a growing literature on the dynamics of immigrant fertility and mixed marriages, but partnership transitions among immigrants and ethnic minorities are little studied.

    OBJECTIVE

    This study investigates union formation and dissolution among immigrants and their descendants in the UK.

    METHODS

    We use data from the Understanding Society study and apply the techniques of event history analysis. We contrast partnership trajectories of various immigrant groups and compare these with those of the 'native' British population.

    RESULTS

    The analysis shows significant differences in partnership formation and dissolution among immigrants and ethnic minorities. Women of Caribbean origin have the highest cohabitation and the lowest marriage rates, whereas cohabitation remains rare among immigrants from South Asia and their descendants, as most of them marry directly. Immigrants from the Caribbean region and their descendants also show higher divorce rates than 'native' British women, whereas women of South Asian origin have a low divorce risk.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number10
    Pages (from-to)273-312
    Number of pages40
    JournalDemographic Research
    Volume33
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015

    Keywords

    • Labor-market outcomes
    • Ethnic intermarriage
    • Western-Europe
    • Fertility
    • Germany
    • Britain
    • Migration
    • 2nd-generation
    • Turkish
    • Origin

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