Paths to adulthood: a focus on the children of immigrants in the Netherlands.

Helga A.G. De Valk

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In this paper I study the timing and sequencing of major events in the transition to adulthood of second generation Turkish and Moroccan, as well as native Dutch youth in the Netherlands. First of all the study goes beyond looking at separate transitions by questioning what paths (sequences of events) young Turks, Moroccans and Dutch take in the transition to adulthood by studying the timing of four major events namely the end of education, leaving the parental home, union formation and family formation. Secondly the diversity in trajectories both within and between each of the three groups of origin is assessed. Finally, I study the factors that explain different paths into adulthood among the studied groups. Data come from the Dutch part of the European study "The integration of the second generation" (TIES, 2007), including a total of 1,500 second generation Turks, Moroccans and Dutch aged 18 to 35 years living in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Findings show that diversity in states is similar for Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch young adults; leaving home to live on ones own and unmarried cohabitation are also experiences by many of the second generation. Contrary to the theoretical idea of de-standardization of the life course we do not find more heterogeneity in paths for the Dutch than for the second generation. Education is found to be one of the major determinants in sequencing and timing of events among all studied groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA life-course perspective on migration and integration
EditorsMatthias Wingens, Michael Windzio, Helga A.G. De Valk, Can Aybek
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-1544-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • young adults
  • transition to adulthood
  • migrants
  • second generation
  • sequence analyses
  • netherlands


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