Who Has More Children in Switzerland: Swiss Or Foreign Women? - Why The TFR is a Misleading Measure
|Title||Who Has More Children in Switzerland: Swiss Or Foreign Women? - Why The TFR is a Misleading Measure|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Burkimsher, M, Rossier, C, Wanner, P|
|Journal||LIVES Working Paper|
|Keywords||cohort fertility, Comprehensive Fertility Profile, foreigner fertility, immigrant fertility, naturalisation, TFR|
The Swiss Federal Statistical Office publishes data showing that the TFR of foreign women is much higher than for Swiss women. However, statistics from household registration (STATPOP) and from the Family and Generations Survey (FGS) indicate that foreigners have slightly smaller families than Swiss women. How can we reconcile this apparent contradiction? To do this we follow the fertility of cohorts of Swiss and foreign women through their reproductive life. In addition to birth registrations and population totals by age (the input data for calculating the TFR) we also include data on how many children women have at the time of their immigration, emigration and naturalisation.