The network brings together researchers to address the following topics and perspectives:

  • To discuss the applicability of different demographic approaches, e.g. tempo vs quantum, period vs cohort to migrant fertility.
  • To assess to what extent national and international data sources can be used for comparative analyses and to overcome problems related to different sampling criteria, definitions of migrants etc. 
  • To test traditional hypotheses of migrant and minority fertility within the current European context.
  • To develop a comprehensive picture of the results from various research perspectives on migrant and minority fertility, such as the comparison between several migrant groups at one destination, a migrant group from one sending country at different destinations, emigrants from one sending country to stayers in the country of origin.
  • Studying the impact of meso and macro-level discontinuities such as regional disparities on the labour market or economic crises, on family formation of migrants and minorities.
  • To explore the relationship between other aspects of family dynamics, such as partnership formation, and fertility.
  • To carry out comparative analyses between migrant generations in order to understand the patterns, causes and consequences of intergenerational change.

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