Immigration and Chinese reproductive behavior in Canada

Type Journal Article - Social biology
Title Immigration and Chinese reproductive behavior in Canada
Volume 51
Issue 1-2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
Page numbers 37-53
This study is intended to provide an empirical testing of the minority status hypothesis with regard to the fertility behavior of Chinese immigrants to Canada. The focus is placed on the role of group or social context on actions of individuals. Factors incurred in the immigration process as explained by disruption and assimilation hypotheses are also examined. Using the multi-level contextual analysis, we have found that the relative economic insecurity that comes from minority membership and the course of immigration serves to decrease fertility of minority members, whether they are associated with a pronatalist heritage or not. However, pronatalist traditions do stimulate fecundity of Chinese immigrants as long as their relative economic status is improved and the hardship is gone.

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