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Marriage, fertility, and the cultural integration of immigrants in italy

Marriage, fertility, and the cultural integration of immigrants in Italy

As migration to Western countries has steadily increased, conversations addressing the problem have stalled somewhere within vaguely well-meaning integration objectives and restrictive closed-borders policies. This column moves the conversation forward by examining specific migrant communities in Italy. Using the language spoken in the home as a proxy for cultural-ethnic transmission, it finds that higher rates of marriage between immigrants and the native population encourage an increased acceptance of minority cultures, which allows immigrants to raised maintain their distinctive cultural traits.