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Fertility patterns of child migrants: Age at migration and ancestry in comparative perspective

TitleFertility patterns of child migrants: Age at migration and ancestry in comparative perspective
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAdsera, A., Ferrer A. M., Sigle-Rushton W., and Wilson B.
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume643
Pages160 - 189
Keywordsadaptation, age at migration, canada, england, fertility, france, migrant youths, wales
Abstract

This article examines the fertility of women who migrated as children to one of three OECD countries-Canada, the United Kingdom, and France-and how it differs from that of native-born women, by age at migration. By looking at child migrants whose fertility behavior is neither interrupted by the migration event nor confounded by selection, the authors obtain a unique perspective on the adaptation process as a mechanism that explains variation in observed foreign and native-born fertility differentials. The authors find patterns that are broadly consistent with the adaptation hypothesis - which posits that as migrants become accustomed to their host countries, their fertility norms begin to resemble those of the native population-and, on average, limited cross-national variation in fertility differentials. The effect of exposure to the host country, however, seems to vary by country of origin, a finding that underscores the importance of taking into account the heterogeneity of the foreign-born population.

URLhttp://ann.sagepub.com/content/643/1/160.abstract
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