The family life courses of immigrants and their descendants have been widely studied as indicators of societal integration. But largely absent are investigations into the role of cohabitation in the family lives of these subpopulations. Using Norwegian register data on individuals who were either native born or who immigrated before age 18, we analyse the formation of first cohabiting and marital unions. Next, we compare associations between endogamous or exogamous partner choice and transitions from these first unions. Results showed that the children of immigrants were less likely to cohabit endogamously, but overall more likely to cohabit exogamously and to marry than Norwegians without a migration background. Endogamous migrant-background cohabiting unions were least likely to dissolve, whereas cohabiting couples involving one or two majority partners were less marriage prone than endogamous migrant-background couples. Similarly, among those married, endogamous migrant-background couples were less likely to divorce than their exogamous counterparts.

children of immigrants, cohabitation, endogamy, exogamy, first union, marriage, Norway, partner choice, union dissolution, union transitions,
Population Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Aarskaug Wiik, K, Dommermuth, L. (Lars), & Holland, J.A. (2020). Partnership transitions among the children of immigrants in Norway: The role of partner choice. Population Studies. doi:10.1080/00324728.2020.1851749