Parental Influence on Fertility Behavior of First Generation Turkish Immigrants in Germany

  • Akiko NosakaEmail author
  • Athanasios Chasiotis
Original Paper


This study examines parental influence on the fertility behavior of Turkish women who have migrated to Germany. Using first-hand data collected from 82 migrants, it shows how the frequency of births that women have correlates with those of their mothers. Results suggest that while migrant women overall have fewer children than their mothers, there is a differing degree of parental influence on those women’s fertility according to when they migrated. For women who moved to Germany before they became reproductively active, parental influence is perceptible; they are likely to have higher fertility than other members of their cohort if their mothers also had relatively high fertility. However, such a pattern does not appear to be the case for women who moved to Germany after they became reproductively active in Turkey. These results are interpreted with regard to the familial characteristics associated with both of these subgroups of Turkish women.


Reproduction Intergenerational influence Migration Women 



The authors wish to express gratitude to the Ministry of Education for Niedersachsen and the department of Human Sciences at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany for financially supporting this research. The authors are also grateful for the collegial support from Jan Hofer, Florian Kiessling, and Uwe Nerger in the inter-disciplinary research group, “Cross-cultural Life-span Psychology,” and Heidi Keller in the department of Human Sciences at the University of Osnabrueck. In addition, we appreciate many individuals who provided valuable contributions during the collection of data for this research, including Martina Ludwig, Holger Busch, Lisa Buenger, and the Turkish interviewers—Serap and Selda. Finally, the authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewer, Laura Klein, and Bradford W. Andrews for providing helpful comments and suggestions that substantially improved the quality of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyPacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Social and Behavioral SciencesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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