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First child of immigrant workers and their descendants in West Germany: interrelation of events, disruption, or adaptation?

  • Nadja Milewski

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

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    This paper investigates the impact of immigration on the transition to motherhood among women from Turkey, Italy, Spain, Greece, and the former Yugoslavia in West Germany. We apply a hazard regression analysis to data of the German Socio-Economic Panel study. We distinguish between the first and second immigrant generation. The results show that the transition rates to a first birth of first-generation immigrants are elevated shortly after they move country. We trace the elevated birth risks shortly following the immigration back to an interrelation of events – these are migration, marriage, and first birth. We do not find evidence of a fertility-disruption effect after immigration. Our analysis indicates that second-generation immigrants are more adapted to the lower fertility levels of West Germans than their mothers’ generation.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2006-034
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    1. 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.
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