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Fertility patterns of child migrants: age at migration and ancestry in comparative perspective

Adsera, Alícia, Ferrer, Ana M., Sigle-Rushton, Wendy ORCID: 0000-0002-8450-960X and Wilson, Ben (2012) Fertility patterns of child migrants: age at migration and ancestry in comparative perspective. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 643 (1). pp. 160-189. ISSN 0002-7162

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0002716212444706


This article examines the fertility of women who migrated as children to one of three OECD countries-Canada, the United Kingdom, and France-and how it differs from that of native-born women, by age at migration. By looking at child migrants whose fertility behavior is neither interrupted by the migration event nor confounded by selection, the authors obtain a unique perspective on the adaptation process as a mechanism that explains variation in observed foreign and native-born fertility differentials. The authors find patterns that are broadly consistent with the adaptation hypothesis-which posits that as migrants become accustomed to their host countries, their fertility norms begin to resemble those of the native population-and, on average, limited cross-national variation in fertility differentials. The effect of exposure to the host country, however, seems to vary by country of origin, a finding that underscores the importance of taking into account the heterogeneity of the foreign-born population.

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Additional Information: © 2012 American Academy of Political & Social Science
Divisions: Gender Studies
Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 09:57
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 02:00

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