Ethnic differences in returning home

A new paper exploring ethnic differences in patterns of returning home among young adults in the Netherlands has been published open access, free to download.

Using unique administrative microdata from the Dutch population registers CPCs Ann Berrington, Tom Kleinepier (Delft University of Technology and Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute) and Lenny Stoeldraijer (Statistics Netherlands) examine ethnic differences in returning to the parental home in the Netherlands, focusing on second-generation Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese, and Antilleans and native Dutch young adults.

Ann Berrington comments "Although leaving the parental home continues to be an important event in young adulthood, this transition has become more protracted and less definitive than in the past. This is in part due to an increasing proportion of young adults who 'boomerang' back to the parental home. The decision to return to the parental home relates to cultural values, but also to differences in transitions in linked domains such as employment and partnership transitions."

The research found that all second-generation groups were more likely to return home than native Dutch young adults. These higher rates of returning home were associated with the earlier age at leaving home, and greater likelihood of experiencing unemployment among second-generation Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese, and Antilleans. Boomeranging home was very common upon experiencing a partnership breakdown, though the impact of partnership dissolution on returning home was found to be less pronounced among second-generation youth, particularly Turks and Moroccans, than native Dutch youth.

Read the full article in the Journal of Marriage and the Family


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