International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 61–67 | Cite as

International migrations and biodemographic dynamics: Fertility in a sample of Italian immigrants

  • M. Zavattaro


This work goes beyond the limits of official anagraphic information: by the methodology of family biography it is possible to follow the evolution of demographic traits of a community of immigrants.

Fertility is here considered as an important indicator of the population's degree of integration. In the Italian sampling in Belgium the value of this factor shows a rapid decline parallel to the italian natality indexes fall which occurred during the '60 and '70. It is interesting to notice that within the general fertility decrease in the taken sample, oscillations due to the immigrants regional origins and to the presence of mixed marriages, can be observed.

Key words

migrations fertility population biodemography family size 


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© International Institute for the Study of Man 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Zavattaro
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Anthropologie et Genetique HumaineUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Istituto di AntropologiaUniversità degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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