Pathways Out of the Parental Home: Contextual Determinants Across Second-Generation Immigrant Origins in France

Haley McAvay , Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
Ariane Pailhé, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

This paper uses the Echantillon démographique permanent, a large longitudinal data set from France, matched with contextual characteristics from the census, to explore the neighborhood-level determinants of leaving the parental home among second generation immigrants and French natives. We focus on the role of both the ethnoracial and socioeconomic composition of the original neighborhood, and whether these effects are similar across groups. The findings show that moving out is less likely in neighborhoods with higher immigrant shares and among the second generation, particularly of African origin. Moreover, patterns vary considerably when the type of decohabitation pathway is considered. Youth from co-ethnic immigrant neighborhoods are more likely to leave the home for more traditional arrangements such as marriage. These findings offer new contributions to the broader literature on transitions to adulthood and neighborhood effects as well as on second generation outcomes in France.

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 Presented in Session 2. Children & Youth