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Project: FaMiLife

Families of migrant origin - a life course perspective

This project aims to advance understanding of the factors that shape the individual life course of migrants, its consequences for family relations in migrant families and its link with demographic change in the country of settlement and origin.

Migration is one of the major factors in population change in Europe today. Nevertheless a more comprehensive understanding of the life course and population dynamics in migrant families is still lacking. This project aims to fill this gap and takes the following five goals as starting point:

  1. Get a comprehensive understanding of population dynamics in migrant populations by studying the life course trajectories of international migrants and their descendents in Europe compared to the native populations and to those of different migrant origin.
  2. Analyze both causes and consequences of life course decisions for the individual and families of migrant origin.
  3. Link different life phases to intergenerational solidarity and family ties by explaining changes in intergenerational support attitudes and behaviour in, and between, families of different migrant and native origin.
  4. Relate population dynamics and change in the countries of origin and settlement by comparing the life course patterns of international migrants in Europe to non-migrants in the countries of origin.
  5. Identify implications of main findings for the future of intergenerational relations and policies aiming at the life course and integration of migrants.

In order to do so a team of research working on this project will make use of different recent data sources relating to the various components of the project. The combination of data from for example the Gender and Generations Survey (GGS), the European Social Survey, the Demographic and Health Surveys and the census, allows for innovative methodological analyses on migrants and their families that were hitherto not available.


Project publications are available on the FaMiLife project website:

NIDI Research team

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