Co-Ethnic Marriage Versus Intermarriage Among Immigrants and their Descendants : A Comparison Across Seven European Countries Using Event-History Analysis

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serval:BIB_1D743236FD14
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Co-Ethnic Marriage Versus Intermarriage Among Immigrants and their Descendants : A Comparison Across Seven European Countries Using Event-History Analysis
Journal
Demographic Research
Author(s)
Hannemann Tina, Kulu Hill, Rahnu Leen, Puur Allan, Hărăguş Mihaela, Obućina Ognjen, González-Ferrer Amparo, Neels Karel, Van den Berg Layla, Pailhé Ariane, Potarca Gina, Bernardi Laura
ISSN
1435-9871
Publication state
Published
Issued date
18/09/2018
Volume
39
Pages
487-524
Language
english
Abstract
Background: Immigrants and their descendants often marry a co-ethnic partner despite the abundance of native-born marriage candidates. The prevalence of co-ethnic marriages and intermarriage among migrants is influenced by their integration level and cultural background as much as individual preferences and structural factors.
Objective: This paper expands existing literature on intermarriage by analysing first marriages across European countries, distinguishing marriage type (endogamous versus exogamous) and migrant generations (immigrants versus their descendants).
Methods: Data from seven countries was aggregated using the count-data method and was subsequently pooled and analysed together; first, to estimate unadjusted first marriage rates; second, to calculate marriage risks separately by marriage type; and, finally, to directly compare the risk of exogamous and endogamous marriage.
Results: There are substantial differences in the prevalence of co-ethnic marriage and intermarriage across the migrant groups. Migrants from non-EU countries often show a high prevalence of co-ethnic marriages and a low risk of intermarriage, whereas migrants from neighbouring countries show a relatively high risk of intermarriage.
Conclusions: Ethnic background and early socialisation have strong impacts on the partner choice of migrants and their descendants. The results suggest a strong influence of minority subcultures for some migrant groups, but also intergenerational adaptation processes for others.
Contribution: This paper provides an up-to-date comparison of intermarriage rates across seven European countries and two migrant generations, presenting evidence of both similarities and differences across countries.

Keywords
Demography, Comparative studies, Europe, Mixed marriage, Second generation
Open Access
Yes
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20/08/2019 13:53
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