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Childbearing patterns of foreign-born women in Sweden

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  • Gunnar Andersson

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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In this paper, we present an investigation of patterns in childbearing among foreign-born women in Sweden from the early 1960s and onwards. It is performed in a similar way as a previous study by the author who analyzed childbearing patterns of Swedish-born women in that country by applying event-history techniques to population-register data. We base our study on the longitudinal information on childbearing and migration of 446.000 women born abroad who had ever lived in Sweden before the end of 1999. We display period trends in fertility by birth order for some aggregated groups of foreign-born women and find that developments over time have been quite similar for Swedish- and foreign-born women but that there exist important differences in levels of childbearing intensities between women stemming from different countries. When we examine patterns in childbearing by time since migration to Sweden, we find that such differences in most cases are due to the fact that immigrants tend to display higher levels of childbearing shortly after immigration. We conclude that migration and family building in many cases are interrelated processes and that it is always important to account for time since migration when fertility of immigrants is studied. (AUTHOR)

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  • Gunnar Andersson, 2001. "Childbearing patterns of foreign-born women in Sweden," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-011, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2001-011
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    1. Nancy Landale & Susan Hauan, 1996. "Migration and premarital childbearing among Puerto Rican women," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 33(4), pages 429-442, November.
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    1. Gunnar Andersson, 2002. "Fertility developments in Norway and Sweden since the early 1960s," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 6(4), pages 67-86, February.
    2. Reanne Frank & Patrick Heuveline, 2005. "A cross-over in Mexican and Mexican-American fertility rates," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 12(4), pages 77-104, March.
    3. Eleonora Mussino & Alyson A. van Raalte, 2008. "Fertility of migrants: a comparative study between Italy and Russia," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2008-026, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    4. Hill Kulu, 2003. "Migration and fertility: competing hypotheses re-examined," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2003-035, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    5. Gunnar Andersson, 2003. "Childbearing developments in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden from the 1970s to the 1990s: a comparison," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2003-036, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    6. Gunnar Andersson & Boris Sobolev, 2001. "Small effects of selective migration and selective survival in retrospective studies of fertility," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-031, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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