Interethnic Marriage For Immigrants Assimilation

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In addition to the family-level context of the decision-making process to migrate, the literature has discussed the implications of interethnic marriage for immigrants’ assimilation. It has been argued that the extent of interethnic marriages can serve not only as an indicator of ethnic relations and intergroup social distance, but also as a proxy of assimilation by immigrant groups (Qian and Lichter, 2007), sometimes referred to as “the final stage of assimilation” (Gordon, 1964).
Becker (1973) developed a model of the marriage market in which the final outcome in the search for a partner would encompass some similarities within couples in terms of certain traits, including ethnic - racial background, education and religion. These similarities are a result of household formation in the marriage market in which couples are match on traits which are complementary in the production of household goods.
Kalmijn (1998) argue that there are three determinants of intermarriage. The first determinant is preferences for spouse characteristics, including spouse socioeconomic resources and other cultural resources, usually in the form of a preference to marry someone who is similar (in terms of race, ethnicity, social class, education and religion). The second is pressure from third parties, including the social group to which individuals belong (e.g., family and community). Individuals are expected to marry someone from their own group or from a similar group. The final determinant

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