Early adopters and laggards among first and second generation Moroccans
Tineke Fokkema, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
Carel Harmsen, Statistics Netherlands
Han Nicolaas, Statistics Netherlands
Special attention is given to the comparison between Moroccans originating from the large Moroccan cities and those from the RIF-region. We hypothesize that Moroccans born in the large cities are less traditional in a demographic sense then those from the RIF-region.
In the past decade the number of second generation Moroccans in the Netherlands at a marriageable age has risen sharply. Just like the choice to live close to fellow countrymen the choice of a partner could very well be influenced by the fact that such a partner originates from the same region as the person itself. In this paper special attention is given to the factors which determine partner choice and age at marriage, and whether there is a difference by region of birth/origin.
With respect to fertility there are big differences between first and second generation Moroccan women in the average number of children. Also the age at which the second generation Moroccan women become mothers for the first time has shifted well into the direction of native Dutch women. In this part of our paper differences in region of origin are taken into account.
The analysis is based mainly on integral data derived from the Dutch municipal population registers in the Netherlands. The demographic variables are drawn from this sources, These data are combined with socio-economic variables and information on educational level, both extracted from the Social Statistical Database at Statistics Netherlands.