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Discerning adaptation and disruption in the childbearing behaviour of immigrants in Greece: an analysis using micro-census data

Georgia Verropoulou


This paper uses micro-data from the 2001 census of Greece to detect changes in the reproductive behaviour of recent immigrants. The analysis is based on descriptive methods and ordinal logistic regression models. Possible disruption and adaptation effects are investigated for different citizenships. The findings indicate that Albanians, who represent over half of the immigrants and originate from a high fertility country, show signs of reducing levels with increasing duration of residence consistent with the adaptation hypothesis. By contrast, for migrants from other Balkan and Eastern European countries there is some indication of a disruption in childbearing among recent arrivals.


immigrant fertility; migrant fertility hypotheses; adaptation; disruption; Greece

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