Pathways to Union Formation of International Migrants in Spain

Albert Esteve, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Luis Alberto Del Rey Poveda, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Clara Cortina, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

This paper uses recently released data from the National Immigrant Survey (n = 15.465) to examine pathways to family formation of international migrants in Spain. First, we provide descriptive insights into the family formation trends for the 3 largest immigration groups in Spain (Ecuadorians, Moroccans and Rumanians) and 4 continental groupings. We take into account the time and place of union formation and the marital status at the time of arrival. Second, we use event history analysis to examine individual, family, and contextual background factors on (i) entry into marriage or cohabitation in Spain and on (ii) marrying (or cohabiting with) a Spaniard. Results will contribute to validate and extend existing knowledge based on cross-sectional data with almost no biographical information (i.e. census, labor force surveys and vital registration data) and to address critical questions with regard to the assimilation and integration of international migrants in Spanish society.

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Presented in Poster Session 3