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Integration of immigrant mothers in Germany: policy issues and empirical outcomes

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  • Eileen Trzcinski

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    This article examines the integration experiences of immigrant women in Germany in the period immediately before and after the birth of a child. It uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel to analyze and compare the labor force behavior of women from different immigrant groups in Germany with the labor force behavior of German women during the period before and following childbirth. It also investigates whether differences exist between immigrant and native-born German women in subjective well-being in the years immediately before and after the birth of a child. The results indicate that immigrant women differ substantially in their labor market behavior and in their levels of life satisfaction compared with women who are both German citizens and who were born in Germany. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Population Research and Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 5 (December)
    Pages: 489-512

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:poprpr:v:25:y:2006:i:5:p:489-512

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    Keywords: Immigration and assimilation in Germany; Maternity and parental leave; Life satisfaction;

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