Volume 17 - Article 25 | Pages 741–774  

Migration and first-time parenthood: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan

By Lesia Nedoluzhko, Gunnar Andersson

This article is part of the Special Collection 6 "Interdependencies in the Life Course: Family, Fertility, and Migration"


This article investigates the reproductive behavior of young women and men in the post-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the link between migration and fertility. We employ event-history techniques to retrospective data from the ‘Marriage, Fertility, and Migration’ survey conducted in Northern Kyrgyzstan in 2005 to study patterns in first-time parenthood.
We demonstrate the extent to which internal migration is related to family formation and to the patterns of becoming a parent after resettlement. We gain deeper insights into demographic behavior by considering information on factors such as the geographical destination of migration and retrospectively stated motives for reported moves. In addition, our study reveals clear ethno-cultural differences in the timing of entry into parenthood in Kyrgyzstan.

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