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Migration and first-time parenthood: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. (Laboratory of Contemporary European Fertility and Family Dynamics)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2007 (English)In: Demographic Research, ISSN 1435-9871, Vol. 17, no 25, 741-774 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the reproductive behavior of young women and men in the post-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the link between migration and fertility. We employ event-history techniques to retrospective data from the ‘Marriage, Fertility, and Migration’ survey conducted in Northern Kyrgyzstan in 2005 to study patterns in first-time parenthood. We demonstrate the extent to which internal migration is related to family formation and to the patterns of becoming a parent after resettlement. We gain deeper insights into demographic behavior by considering information on factors such as the geographical destination of migration and retrospectively stated motives for reported moves. In addition, our study reveals clear ethno-cultural differences in the timing of entry into parenthood in Kyrgyzstan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rostock · GERMANY, 2007. Vol. 17, no 25, 741-774 p.
Keyword [en]
migration, first-time parenthood, Kyrgyzstan
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75886DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2007.17.25ISI: 000252132000007OAI: diva2:524580
Available from: 2012-05-03 Created: 2012-05-03 Last updated: 2012-05-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis contributes to the limited demographic literature on Central Asia – the region through which led the great Silk Road – an ancient route of trade and cultural exchange between East and West. We focus on Kyrgyzstan and countries in its immediate neighborhood: Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. We analyze the dynamic interplay between marriage, childbearing, and migration, and examine fertility intentions and intentions to migrate as predictors of demographic outcomes. The thesis consists of four co-authored and one single-authored paper connected through a common theme of ethno-cultural differences in demographic behavior. In the first three studies, we explore the link between migration and family formation. We demonstrate that increased fertility of recent migrants is attributable to marriage-related resettlements. In paper four, we provide an analysis of intentions to move abroad. Our results suggest that ethnicity plays a significant role, independent of other factors, in determining migration plans and preferences, and detect ethnic-specific effects of marriage, childbearing, and social capital on the inclination to migrate. In paper five, we compare the fertility and fertility intentions of ethnic majority and minority groups in three neighboring countries of the region. We explain fertility differentials between ethnic groups in terms of the combined effects of their status in society, country-level differences in institutional settings, and historical and cultural factors.

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. 9 p.
Dissertation series / Stockholm University Demography Unit, ISSN 1404-2304 ; 7
marriage, childbearing, migration, ethno-cultural differences, Kyrgyzstan
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociological Demography
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75723 (URN)978-91-86071-93-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-09-21, hörsal 4, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 15:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-05-29 Created: 2012-04-25 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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