Fertility patterns of native and migrant Muslims in Europe

Stonawski M, Potančoková M, & Skirbekk V (2016). Fertility patterns of native and migrant Muslims in Europe. Population, Space and Place 22 (6): 552–-567. DOI:10.1002/psp.1941.

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Abstract

This study focuses on Muslim fertility in Europe. Evidence from 25 countries suggests that the Muslim total fertility rate is on average 47% higher than the national level. However, we find a significant difference in the level of fertility of native-born Muslims and immigrant Muslims. The native-born have a 19% higher total fertility rate, while immigrants have 62% higher fertility. Our main research question is whether religion is an important determinant of fertility outcome, or whether the other characteristics that are specific for Muslims in Europe (e.g. socio-ecoomics, migrant status, and religiosity) determine the observed difference in fertility. To answer this question, we focus on three case studies: Spain, where most Muslims are immigrants; Bulgaria, where most Muslims are native; and Greece, which has significant shares of both recent migrants and native Muslims. Our findings suggest that the immigrant status of Muslims and their socio-economic status are more important than religion in terms of explaining their high fertility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europe; fertility; Muslims; religion
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Population, Space and Place; Article in press (Published online 1 June 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:52
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 09:57
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11286

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