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Binational marriages in Sweden: Is there an EU effect?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
(English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8452, E-ISSN 1544-8444Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This paper explores and explains the partner choice of Swedes in the period 1991-2008. The partner market for Swedes has expanded considerably in the last few decades, due to EU expansion, globalisation processes and an increased diversity of the migrant population. Besides increased opportunities, citizens who are better educated, younger and more mobile might prefer foreign partners of their own kind. The paper focuses on marriages between Swedish-born and foreign-born partners, and distinguishes people with Swedish-born parents from those with foreign-born parents. Using full-population register data, a systematic comparison between Swedes marrying EU partners and those marrying non-EU partners is conducted. I find that the binational marriage rate has increased over time, especially for native Swedish men and men who are second-generation Swedes. The increase is for the greater part attributable to an increase in the number of marriages to partners from outside the EU, while binational EU marriages have remained stable with no effects from EU accession. Patterns of binational marriages are highly gender-specific, with Finland being the most important supplier for foreign husbands, while Thai women are most popular amongst men. Against expectation, native Swedes in binational marriages are, by and large, older and less well-educated.

Keyword [en]
binational marriages, intermarriage, Sweden, EU, register data
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Human Geography Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Demography; Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84140OAI: diva2:578626
This project is part of the EUROMARR project (European Science Foundation), but is funded through the Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM).
Swedish Research Council, 839-2008-7495
Available from: 2013-01-17 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2013-01-17Bibliographically approved

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