Disparities in Infant Mortality Among Children of Immigrants in France, 2008–2017

Matthew Wallace , Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
Michel Guillot, University of Pennsylvania
Myriam Khlat, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

In high-income countries, the number of children born to at least one foreign-born parent (the ‘G2’) has been increasing to the point where they now comprise a significant proportion of annual births. In France, the proportion is especially large; the G2 represent one-third of annual births. Despite this, in comparison with adult mortality of migrants (the ‘G1’) and the G2, little is known about infant mortality of the G2. Investigating G2 infant mortality could provide important insight into inter-generational differences in G1 and G2 adult mortality, namely whether the loss of the ‘migrant mortality advantage’ is observable from birth. Using the French Permanent Demographic Sample, we fit survival models and examine G2 infant mortality by parents’ country of origin from 2008 to 2017. Our findings uncover important risks faced in early life by the children of migrants from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the determinants of which merit further investigation.

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 Presented in Session 104. International Migration and Child Well-being