Migrant and minority fertility

What is the relationship between partnership formation and fertility in migrant families?

What patterns, causes, and consequences of intergenerational change can we find in different migrant generations?

What is the impact of meso and macro-level discontinuities on family formation of migrants and minorities?

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.

We hope that we can organize a regular conference in the second half of 2021 (or early 2022), depending on the conditions that the situation in the next year will have improved sufficiently and that in-person events are possible again. And, as for the previous occasions, we are planning to link the event with another special collection in an international journal. For now, we have postponed the CfP for this regular conference to next year.

For information please contact the members of the steering group: nadja.milewski@bib.bund.de; eleonora.mussino@sociology.su.se; elisabeth.kraus@bib.bund.de

Steering committee

Elisabeth Kraus

Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany

Nadja Milewski

Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany

Eleonora Mussino

Stockholm University, Sweden

Recent events:

Recent publications

Publications by members of the Working Group:


Mussino, E., Gabrielli, G., Ortensi, L.E. & Strozza, S. (2021). Fertility Intentions Within a 3-Year Time Frame: a Comparison Between Migrant and Native Italian Women. Int. Migration & Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-020-00800-2

Tønnessen, M, Aradhya, M.S. & Mussino, E. (2021). How Assad changed population growth in Sweden and Norway: Syrian refugees’ impact on Nordic national and municipal demography. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244670


Adsera, A. & Ferrer, A. M. (2020). Speeding up for a Son: Sex Ratio Imbalances by Birth Interval Among South Asian Migrants to Canada. Canadian studies in population, 47, 133–149. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42650-020-00025-9.

Ammann Dula, E. (2020). Family Formation: an Intergenerational Comparison: The Relevance of Social Inequalities for Family Formation in a Transnational Migration Context. Int. Migration & Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-020-00766-1

Baffour, B., Raymer, J. & Evans (2020). A. Recent Trends in Immigrant Fertility in Australia. Int. Migration & Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-020-00767-0

Braack, M K. & Milewski, N. (2020). A different perspective on exogamy: Are non-migrant partners in mixed unions more liberal in their attitudes toward gender, family, and religion than other natives? Journal of Family Research, 31(3): 361–386. https://doi.org/10.3224/zff.v31i3.06

Braack, M K. & Milewski, N. (2020). An explorative approach to the cross-section of international migration and sexual preference: same-sex couples in Germany. Genus 76(33): 361–386. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41118-020-00102-6

Gatskova, K. & Kozlov, V. (2020), Doubling Up or Moving Out? The Effect of International Labor Migration on Household Size. International Migration, 58(2), 162-179, https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12629.

Impicciatore, R., Gabrielli, G., & Paterno, A. (2020). Migrants' Fertility in Italy: A Comparison Between Origin and Destination. European Journal of Population, 36(4), 799–825, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-019-09553-w.

Kuhnt, A.-K., & Krapf, S. (2020). Partnership Living Arrangements of Immigrants and Natives in Germany. Frontiers in Sociology, 5(86), 1-8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2020.538977.

Marynissen L., Mussino, E., Wood. J. & Duvander, A. (2019). Fathers’ Parental Leave Uptake in Belgium and Sweden: Self-Evident or Subject to Employment Characteristics?, Social Sciences, 8 (11), 312 https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8110312

Milewski, N. & Haug, S. (2020). Religious Diversity and Women’s Attitudes Toward Using Assisted Reproductive Technologies— Insights from a Pilot Study in Germany. Journal of Religion and Demography, 7: 150–168. https://doi.org/10.1163/2589742X-12347104

Nauck, B. (2020). Is Ethnic Retention a Result of Unmet Educational Aspirations? Academic Career and Ethnic Identity of Migrant Minority Youth in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Int. Migration & Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-020-00760-7

Pailhé, A., Panico, L., & Heers, M. (2020). Being born to a single mother in France: trajectories of father’s involvement over the first year of life. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 11(1), 123‑149, https://doi.org/10.1332/175795919X15720984151059.

Tønnessen, M. & Mussino, E. (2020). Fertility patterns of migrants from low-fertility countries in Norway. Demographic Research 42, 859-874.

Tønnessen, M. & Wilson, B. (2020). Visualising Immigrant Fertility -- Profiles of Childbearing and their Implications for Migration Research. Int. Migration & Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-020-00762-5

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