Special Collection 18

Partnership dynamics among immigrants and their descendants in Europe

Published 06 July 2016

This Special Collection of Demographic Research – edited by Hill Kulu and Tina Hannemann – investigates partnership formation and dissolution among immigrants and their descendants in five European countries. The studies use longitudinal data and apply event history analysis. The analysis shows significant differences in partnership formation and dissolution among immigrants in all five countries. Immigrants from regions with ‘conservative’ partnership patterns (e.g., Turkey, North Africa and South Asia) have high marriage rates, low cohabitation levels and are less likely to separate. By contrast, ‘fluid’ family formation patterns dominate among some non-European immigrant groups (e.g., Caribbeans, Sub-Saharan Africans and Latin Americans). The significant diversity of partnership patterns within countries across immigrant groups supports that socialisation factors play an important role in their partnership behaviour. The partnership patterns of the descendants of immigrants are ‘in-between’. For some groups, they resemble those of their parents; for others, the patterns are similar to those of the native population. These findings support the idea that both the minority subculture and the mainstream society influence the behaviour of minority groups. All five studies report a significant diversity of partnership patterns across ethnic minority groups and suggest that the diversity in family forms will persist in the future. To conclude, the studies of this Special Collection show how various individual and contextual factors shape partnership behaviour of immigrants and their descendants and promote their social integration. This Special Collection of Demographic Research has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007−2013) under grant agreement no. 320116 for the research project FamiliesAndSocieties.

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06 July 2016 | research article

Introduction to research on immigrant and ethnic minority families in Europe

Hill Kulu, Tina Hannemann

Volume: 35 Article ID: 2 Pages: 31–46
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.2

03 July 2015 | research article

Marriage and divorce of immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Sweden

Gunnar Andersson, Ognjen Obućina, Kirk Scott

Volume: 33 Article ID: 2 Pages: 31–64
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.2

12 June 2015 | research article

Partnership dynamics among migrants and their descendants in Estonia

Leen Rahnu, Allan Puur, Luule Sakkeus, Martin Klesment

Volume: 32 Article ID: 56 Pages: 1519–1566
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.56

04 September 2015 | research article Author has provided data and code for replicating results

Partnership dynamics across generations of immigration in France: Structural vs. cultural factors

Ariane Pailhé

Volume: 33 Article ID: 16 Pages: 451–498
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.16

04 August 2015 | research article

Union formation and dissolution among immigrants and their descendants in the United Kingdom

Tina Hannemann, Hill Kulu

Volume: 33 Article ID: 10 Pages: 273–312
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.10

05 July 2016 | research article

Partnership formation and dissolution among immigrants in the Spanish context

Amparo González-Ferrer, Tina Hannemann, Teresa Castro Martín

Volume: 35 Article ID: 1 Pages: 1–30
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.1


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