Explaining trends and patterns of immigrants' partner choice in Britain

Muttarak, Raya (2010) Explaining trends and patterns of immigrants' partner choice in Britain. Zeitschrift fur Familienforschung, 22 (1). pp. 37-64. ISSN 1437-2940

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Based on the 1988-2006 General Household Survey (N=121,934), this paper investigates trends and patterns of partnership formation of immigrants in Britain and explains underlying factors influencing partner choice. The key questions are:1) whom do the immigrants of different gender, generation and ethnic groups form partnerships with: (a White British partner, a British-born coethnic partner or a coethnic partner from overseas); and 2) what factors are explaining such a choice. Immigrants socialised in Britain, the second generation and those who migrated to Britain at a young age, are more likely to have a White British partner and less likely to be in a transnational partnership. Age at union, marital status, educational qualification, area ethnic composition, sex ratio and educational homogomy are significant predictors of one's partner choice. Yet, ethnic origin remains a crucial determinant of patterns of partnership formation. The statistical analysis suggests that the rates of interethnic union with a White British partner will continue to increase for Black Caribbean, Black Africans and also gradually for highly educated Indians. The proportion of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis having a White British partner will remain low and simultaneously transnational marriage with a coethnic partner from overseas will still be commonly practiced. Overall, interethnic partnerships between the White British population and the population with an immigrant background are increasing in Britain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: britain,ethnic minority,integration,intermarriage,transnational marriage
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 03:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64786

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