The multicultural drama in perspective: 40 years of migrants and non-migrants in the Netherlands

After migration to the Netherlands, migrants often started a family here. Many children of these migrants, known as the second generation, are now starting to form families themselves. In this project, we examine the demographic behavior of second-generation migrants, paying attention to outcomes such as marriage, childbearing, and divorce. Special attention goes to cohort change, regional diversity and selective emigration. We study the diversity of second-generation migrant groups in the Netherlands and compare them to non-migrants. We use large-scale population register data and collaborate with Statistics Netherlands.

The project is funded by KNAW’s Research Fund (Onderzoeksfonds). It involves a collaboration between NIDI and the International Institute of Social History (IISH). The IISH’s part of the project focuses on the second generation’s social mobility.

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