9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Spatial Mobility and Families Building II, Auditório B1.03

Coresidence between generations among migrant families in France: The role of cultural norms and economic constraints

The higher rate of coresidence between generations among migrant families is common place. However little is known about the variation of this phenomenon among the different groups of migrants and in relation to the migratory trajectories of first and second generation migrants. We address this issue with the use of a representative survey on middle-aged and elderly immigrants in France, including complete data on their adult chidren. The forms of the coresidency, either between young adults and their parents, or between middle aged adults and their elderly parents, either with a daughter or with a son, are examined within different ethnic groups. The determinants of the coresidency are analysed in two main dimensions, the cultural norms on one hand and economic necessity on the other. The results show the intertwinning of these two major factors and also the cultural changes that are at work in most migrant families.