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Childbearing patterns among immigrant women and their daughters in Spain: over-adaptation or structural constraints?

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dc.contributor.author González-Ferrer, Amparo
dc.contributor.author Castro Martín, Teresa
dc.contributor.author Kraus, Elisabeth Katharina
dc.contributor.author Eremenko, Tatiana
dc.date.accessioned 2024-01-22T06:45:12Z
dc.date.available 2024-01-22T06:45:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation González-Ferrer A, Castro-Martín T, Kraus EK, Eremenko T. Childbearing patterns among immigrant women and their daughters in Spain: over-adaptation or structural constraints? Demographic Research. 2017 Sep 1;37(19):599-634. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.19
dc.identifier.issn 1435-9871
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/58760
dc.description.abstract Background: Spain, a country with one of the lowest fertility levels in the world, has recently received intense immigration flows that may contribute to fertility recovery. Objective: The objective of this study is to examine whether the childbearing behaviour of immigrant women and their descendants shows a pattern of convergence with that of Spanish women born in or after 1950. Methods: After merging data from the Fertility and Values Survey (2006) and the National Immigrants Survey (2007), we analyse the transition to first, second, and third birth using event history models, to identify variations in timing and incidence of birth transitions between native Spanish women and immigrant groups. Results: Previous literature has found that migration disrupts immigrants’ fertility only temporarily; however, in the case of Spain, most migrant women who moved before starting family formation do not seem to fully compensate for migration-related disruption of fertility at a later stage. Our findings challenge the widespread belief that immigrants’ childbearing alone will allow Spain to leave behind the current lowest-low and latest-late fertility scenario. Contribution: This article analyzes for the first time the fertility of different immigrant generations in Spain compared to native women, applying event history techniques. Our findings challenge conventional wisdom that immigration will improve very low fertility levels in Spain.
dc.description.sponsorship The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for the research project Families And Societies under grant agreement no. 320116. We are also grateful for the financial support from Chances Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under grant agreement CSO2012-35234.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
dc.relation.ispartof Demographic Research. 2017 Sep 1;37(19):599-634
dc.rights ©2017 González-Ferrer, Castro-Martín, Kraus & Eremenko. This open-access work is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany (CC BY 3.0 DE), which permits use, reproduction & distribution in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author(s) and source are given credit. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/
dc.title Childbearing patterns among immigrant women and their daughters in Spain: over-adaptation or structural constraints?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.19
dc.subject.keyword Descendants of immigrants
dc.subject.keyword Fertility
dc.subject.keyword Immigrants
dc.subject.keyword Natives
dc.subject.keyword Spain
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/320116
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/CSO2012-35234
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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