Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MigrantLife (Understanding Life Trajectories of Immigrants and Their Descendants in Europe and Projecting Future Trends)
Reporting period: 2019-09-01 to 2021-02-28
Deliverables of the first 18 months of the project include:
A. Completed papers (3)
1. Delaporte, I., Kulu, H. (2021). Interaction between childbearing and partnership changes among immigrants and their descendants: An application of multichannel sequence analysis to longitudinal data from France. MigrantLife Working Paper 2.
2. Andersson G. (2021). Family behavior of migrants: An overview. In: Research Handbook on the Sociology of the Family. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 263-277.
3. Keenan, K., Kulu, H., Cox, F. (2021). Social and spatial inequalities in health and mortality: The analysis of longitudinal register data from selected European countries. Population, Space and Place (accepted).
B. Draft papers (5)
4. Mikolai, J., Kulu, H. The intersection of partnership and fertility histories of immigrants and their descendants in the United Kingdom: A multistate approach.
5. Liu, C., Kulu, H. First comes marriage or first comes carriage? Family processes as competing trajectories for immigrants in Germany.
6. Campbell, B., Andersson, G., Kulu, H. Fertility timing and levels of first-generation and second-generation immigrants in Sweden.
7. Delaporte, I., Kulu, H. Analysing childbearing events using machine learning techniques: An application of Random Survival Forest to French data.
8. Koops, J., Kulu, H., Hannemann, T. Nonmarital fertility and postponement of parenthood among immigrants and their descendants in the UK.
C. Data analysis for a comparative study
D. Invited seminars and conference presentations (6)
1. Invited presentation at National Records of Scotland, 31 January 2020.
2. Four presentations at the Annual Meeting of the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS); 14-16 September 2020; please see at: https://migrantlife.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/conferences/.
3. Invited presentation at the University of Florence, 1 April 2021.
Our research shows significant diversity in family patterns among immigrants and their descendants in Europe. The Caribbean population in the UK and Southern Europeans in France and Germany show family patterns similar to those of the natives: many of them cohabit prior to marriage; some experience union dissolution; some have a birth outside of a union. In contrast, South Asians in the UK and the Turkish population in France, Germany and Sweden exhibit conservative family behaviour: they have high marriage and low separation levels; childbearing outside of marriage is uncommon. Differences between migrant groups persist even when adjusting for education and number of siblings. These findings suggest that cultural and normative factors shape family behaviours of immigrants and their descendants, and that some patterns may persist across migrant generations (e.g. preference for marriage among South Asians in the UK).