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Working Group

Migrant and Minority Fertility in Europe

There is an ongoing discussion on the demographic consequences of migration to Europe and between European countries. The debate is not only related to migration and its impact on population development itself, but also to the processes of family formation and fertility of migrants and their descendants, as well as minority groups.

The EAPS Network Migrant and Minority Fertility in Europe brings together researchers who address these topics under different perspectives:

  • To discuss the applicability of different demographic approaches: e.g. tempo vs quantum, period vs cohort to migrant fertility.
  • To assess to what extent national and international data sources can be used for comparative analyses and to overcome problems related to different sampling criteria, definitions of migrants etc. 
  • To test traditional hypotheses of migrant and minority fertility within the current European context.
  • To develop a comprehensive picture of the results from various research perspectives on migrant and minority fertility, such as the comparison between several migrant groups at one destination, a migrant group from one sending country at different destinations, emigrants from one sending country to stayers in the country of origin.
  • Studying the impact of meso and macro-level discontinuities such as regional disparities on the labour market or economic crises, on family formation of migrants and minorities.
  • To explore the relationship between other aspects of family dynamics, such as partnership formation, and fertility.
  • To carry out comparative analyses between migrant generations in order to understand the patterns, causes and consequences of intergenerational change.

All members may join the Research Network and participate in its events.

Joining the group's events usually is free of charge while participants are expected to cover their own travel and related costs. The Research Network is facilitated by EAPS through a modest operating budget. 

Activities of the Research Network include:

Steering Group

  • Christoph Buehler
    Steering Group
  • Nadia Milewski
    Steering Group
  • Eleonora Mussino
    Steering Group

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Contact information

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