Encyclopedia of Migration

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| Editors: Reed Ueda

Fertility of Immigrants

  • Sylvie Dubuc
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6179-7_69-1


Fertility and immigration is a subject area of demography and population studies, investigating how the fertility behavior of immigrants and their descendents is influenced by the migration process and the sending and resettlement environments.

Detailed Description

Immigration affects the size and composition of the population directly and indirectly, through childbearing. Understanding the ways in which resettlement and adaptation to the socioeconomic and cultural context of the receiving country may influence the fertility of immigrants and that of their descendants is of interest to minority group integration processes and of practical value for ethnic population projections. Because fertility is a major characteristic of immigrant groups – reflecting on socioeconomic and cultural norms – changes in childbearing behavior can serve as indicators of assimilation and integration processes of immigrants and ethnic minority groups. The fertility and immigration subject area...


Immigrant Group Fertility Behavior Hispanic Immigrant Fertility Differential Assimilation Theory 
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Age-specific fertility rate (ASFR)

Refers to the number of live births to females in a particular age category in a particular year compared to the number of females in that age category. Most commonly 1 and 5 years age categories are used.

Children ever born (CEB)

CEB to women in a particular age group is the mean number of children born alive to women in that age group. The number of children ever born to a particular woman is a measure of her lifetime fertility experience up to the moment at which the data are collected.

Cohort fertility

A cohort is a group of women born in the same year. Cohort completed fertility rates (CFR) may be used to compare fertility of successive generations of women who have completed their fertility life.

Total period fertility rate (TFR)

Is the average number of children that women would have if they experienced the ASFRs for a particular year throughout their childbearing lives (typically between 15 and 44/49 years old).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and InterventionUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK