Co-residence of adult children with their parents: differences by migration background explored and explained

Helga A. G. de Valk, Valeria Bordone

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Abstract

Research on majority populations throughout Europe showed strong attachment and exchange of support between parents and their adult children. Studies on migrant families are limited yet needed in light of the increasing share of older people of migrant origin in European populations. One of the main sources of intergenerational support and care is via coresidence of (older) parents and their adult children. In this paper, we first analyse whether co-residence of adult children with their parents differs between migrants and non-migrants across Europe. Second, we assess the potentially differential effect of resources and socio-demographic factors among the migrant and non-migrant population as well as migrant-specific factors (migrant generation and region of origin). Data on five countries, with different migration patterns and histories, covered in the first wave of the Generation and Gender Survey are used (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands). Results show that levels of adult child–parent co-residence do not vary significantly by migrant status but do differ across Europe. Furthermore, we find that socio-demographic factors are important and have a similar association with parent–child coresidence for migrants and non-migrants. Our study does, however, suggest differences in co-residence by region of origin and migrant generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1790-1812
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of ethnic and migration studies
Volume45
Issue number10
Early online date21-Jun-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27-Jul-2019

Keywords

  • immigrants
  • Europe
  • intergenerational co-residence
  • Gender and generations survey
  • ELDERLY PARENTS
  • INTERGENERATIONAL CORESIDENCE;
  • LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
  • PROXIMITY
  • CONTACT
  • MOTHERS
  • EUROPE

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