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Helen Baykara-Krumme and Daniel Fuß (2009)

Marital Migration to Germany: Determinants of Transnational Partner Selection by Turkish-Origin Migrants*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 34, 1-2/2009, p. 135-164, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398, DOI: 10.1007/s12523-010-0036-z

Abstract: Despite the high degree of relevance of marital migration among Turkish-origin migrants, there has been virtually no reliable information to date on the mechanisms forming the basis for this kind of partner selection. This article is concentrated on the role played by structural, as well as status- and attitude-related characteristics when deciding between a spouse from one’s own ethnic migrant population in Germany and a transnationally-selected spouse from Turkey. The basis for data used was the representative additional survey carried out within the Generations and Gender Survey (2006) among Turkish nationals in Germany. The empirical findings refer to gender-specific patterns according to which male migrants marry considerably younger women from Turkey and female migrants above all choose their partners from Turkey if they marry in mid age and have a more Western-orientated attitude towards family norms. The influence of the educational level is rather slight; at least in some cases however a positive educational selection can be identified when it comes to the transnationally-selected husbands. The article discusses the findings against the background of existing results and demonstrates the need for further research.

* peer-reviewed article (original German title: Heiratsmigration nach Deutschland: Determinanten der transnationalen Partnerwahl türkeistämmiger Migranten)

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