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Age at Migration, Language and Fertility Patterns among Migrants to Canada

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  • Ferrer, Ana

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This paper explores the fertility patterns of immigrant children to Canada using the 20 percent sample of the Canadian Census from 1991 through 2006. Fertility increases with age at immigration, with a sharp rise for those immigrating in their late teens and this pattern is similar for all countries of origin. Proficiency in official languages does not seem a key mechanism through which age at immigration affects fertility – fertility of immigrants with an official mother tongue also differs from that of natives. Formal education, however, matters as college graduates who arrived to Canada at any age before adulthood show similar fertility patterns as their native peers, whereas fertility of those who did not reach tertiary education rises with age at migration.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series CLSSRN working papers with number clsrn_admin-2012-2.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jan 2012
Date of revision: 29 Jan 2012
Handle: RePEc:ubc:clssrn:clsrn_admin-2012-2

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Keywords: Fertility; Migration; Age at Migration; Language;

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  1. Dustmann, Christian & Fabbri, Francesca, 2000. "Language Proficiency and Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in the UK," CEPR Discussion Papers 2487, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Timothy Guinnane & Carolyn Moehling & Cormac O Grada, 2002. "The Fertility of the Irish in America in 1910," Working Papers 848, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
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  1. Lotta Persson & Jan M. Hoem, 2014. "Immigrant fertility in Sweden, 2000-2011: A descriptive note," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 30(30), pages 887-898, March.
  2. Stichnoth, Holger & Yeter, Mustafa, 2013. "Cultural influences on the fertility behaviour of first- and second-generation immigrants in Germany," ZEW Discussion Papers 13-023, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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