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Partner choice and timing of first marriage among the children of immigrants in Norway and Sweden

Partner choice and timing of first marriage among the children of immigrants in Norway and Sweden
Partner choice and timing of first marriage among the children of immigrants in Norway and Sweden
Using population register data from Norway (N = 209,532) and Sweden (N = 592,491), this study addressed the relationship between partner choice and the timing of first marriage. We considered all migrant background individuals born between 1972 and 1989, who were either native-born or who immigrated prior to age 18, relative to 10% random samples of the majority populations. Results demonstrate that marital timing patterns of migrant background individuals who married exogamously (i.e., with a majority background spouse or across their global region of origin) were more similar to the majority populations than among those who married endogamously (i.e., with another migrant background individual originating in the same global region). However, among immigrant background individuals who endogamously married, there was evidence of a shift toward the Scandinavian pattern of later marriage across generations. Taken together results provide an important starting point for investigations into the family life courses and social position of children of immigrants in Europe, an increasingly large population subgroup currently entering family formation ages.
Marriage timing, Assortative mating, Exogamy, Endogamy, Second generation, Children of immigrants
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Wiik, Kenneth Aarskaug
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Holland, Jennifer A.
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Wiik, Kenneth Aarskaug
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Holland, Jennifer A.
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Wiik, Kenneth Aarskaug and Holland, Jennifer A. (2017) Partner choice and timing of first marriage among the children of immigrants in Norway and Sweden. Acta Sociologica.

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Using population register data from Norway (N = 209,532) and Sweden (N = 592,491), this study addressed the relationship between partner choice and the timing of first marriage. We considered all migrant background individuals born between 1972 and 1989, who were either native-born or who immigrated prior to age 18, relative to 10% random samples of the majority populations. Results demonstrate that marital timing patterns of migrant background individuals who married exogamously (i.e., with a majority background spouse or across their global region of origin) were more similar to the majority populations than among those who married endogamously (i.e., with another migrant background individual originating in the same global region). However, among immigrant background individuals who endogamously married, there was evidence of a shift toward the Scandinavian pattern of later marriage across generations. Taken together results provide an important starting point for investigations into the family life courses and social position of children of immigrants in Europe, an increasingly large population subgroup currently entering family formation ages.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 February 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 July 2017
Keywords: Marriage timing, Assortative mating, Exogamy, Endogamy, Second generation, Children of immigrants
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography, Centre for Population Change

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Local EPrints ID: 411206
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411206
ISSN: 0001-6993
PURE UUID: a8eba78c-948f-4728-8107-f2f9d59db120

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Date deposited: 15 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 05:50

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