Immigrant fertility patterns and differentials in Australia, 1971-1976

F. Yusuf, I. Rockett

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In this paper the fertility patterns and differentials among various immigrant groups in Australia are examined. Official vital statistics for the period 1971-76 are used. Fertility ratios standardized by age and marital status suggest that the overall fertility of foreign-born women was higher in both 1971 and 1976; however, some evidence -of convergence towards an ‘Australian’ norm was found. Four distinct patterns of fertility were noted. In two of them, Arab and South European, marital fertility was substantially higher but non-marital fertility quite low. The North-West European pattern was closest to that of the native-born; however, in the East European pattern fertility was lowest. Component analysis showed that most of the differences between the total fertility rate of Australians and those of the other groups reflect the significantly higher marital fertility rates and proportions married among the foreign-born groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-424
Number of pages12
JournalPopulation Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1981


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