Attitudes towards ideal family size of different ethnic/nationality groups in Great Britain, France and Germany.

R. Penn, P. Lambert

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    Abstract

    This article reports upon results from a European Union funded project on the integration of children of international migrants in Britain, France and Germany. It provides both a descriptive and a multivariate analysis of the factors that determine attitudes towards ideal family size. The results reveal that there are large differences between ethnic groups in Britain: Indian and Pakistani respondents in Britain expressed a preference for significantly larger families. However, many children of international migrants expressed a desire for smaller families than the autochthonous population in both countries. This was particularly the case for Portuguese respondents in France and Turks in Germany. Religious affiliation also had a significant effect, above and beyond ethnicity per se. Both Moslems and Christians preferred larger families than those with no religious affiliation. The article concludes that ethnic differences in attitudes towards fertility behaviour will remain important in the foreseeable future in western Europe, particularly in Britain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-58
    Number of pages10
    JournalPopulation Trends
    Issue number108
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2002

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