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Family-Forming Migration from Turkey and Morocco to Belgium: The Demand for Marriage Partners from the Countries of Origin

John Lievens
The International Migration Review
Vol. 33, No. 3 (Autumn, 1999), pp. 717-744
DOI: 10.2307/2547532
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2547532
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

This article examines the intensity and trends of marriages of Turks and Moroccans living in Belgium to partners from their countries of origin (`imported partners') and the motives for marrying such partners. Using data from the 1991 Belgian census, we show that large proportions of the migrant groups choose a partner from the country of origin and that marrying such a partner is certainly not dying out. Furthermore, the results of logit analyses reveal that marrying an imported partner is more than merely an act of traditional behavior: women may marry an imported partner in order to satisfy `modern' goals.

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