The influence of partner choice on childbearing among second-generation Turkish and Moroccan women in Belgium

Lisa Van Landschoot, Helga De Valk, Didier Willaert, Jan Van Bavel

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While the reproductive behaviour of first generation migrants is well documented, research on the fertility behaviour of children of immigrants that looks beyond generational change, is still rather scarce. And although it is widely acknowledged that transitions in the life course are linked, studies that analyse how e.g. union formation choices and the transition to parenthood are related for the children of immigrants are largely absent. Our study aims to fill this gap and examines how the partner choice of second generation migrants in Belgium is related to their transition to first birth. We focus in particular on how different partner origins (i.e a union with a native Belgian partner, a second generation, a 1.5 generation, or a first generation migrant of same origin) are related to the transition to parenthood. We use data from the 2001 Belgian Census combined with data from the National Population Register (2006). These data capture the full population of different origins living in Belgium. In our analyses we distinguish between regional origins with a special focus on two of the largest immigrant origin groups: children of Turkish and Moroccan descent. To analyse the transition to first birth, we use event history methods. Our preliminary results for second generation women of Turkish and Moroccan origin suggest that the risk to first birth is the highest when their partner is a first generation migrant of the same origin. In contrast, the rate of entering parenthood is the lowest if their partner is a native Belgian man.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe annual conference of the British Society for Population Studies
Place of PublicationWinchester, UK
PublisherBSPS 2014
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2014
EventBritish Society for Population Studies, annual meeting - Winchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 2014 → …


ConferenceBritish Society for Population Studies, annual meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period8/09/14 → …


  • union formation
  • transition to parenthood
  • second-generation migrants
  • endogamous and exogamous partner choice

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