Volume 22 - Article 31 | Pages 985-1014

Moving close to parents and adult children in the Netherlands: the influence of support needs

By Annika Smits

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Date received:13 Nov 2009
Date published:01 Jun 2010
Word count:5438
Keywords:intergenerational support, migration, Netherlands, support needs


In this paper, the extent to which support needs lead to moves of adult children (aged 30 and above) to within one kilometer of their parents and vice versa is examined. Using Netherlands population data from 2004 and 2005, it is found that the divorce of the adult child increases the likelihood of moving close to parents, especially in the event of recent divorce. A recent first birth in the adult child’s household also leads to moving close to parents, whereas having children aged one and above makes moves of the parents close to the adult child more likely.

Author's Affiliation

Annika Smits - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands [Email]

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