Intergenerational Cultural Transmission
: The case of Turkish Immigrant in Germany

  • Ayana Obsa Urgesa

Student thesis: Master typesSpecialised Master in International and Development Economics


The objective of this study is to investigate the intergenerational cultural transmission among Turkish immigrants in Germany. Specifically, the study focused on the marriage, fertility, educational attainment and labour market participation of these immigrants over three generations. To achieve these objectives, data obtained from GESIS survey collected from 2010-2012 was analyzed using descriptive and Logit regression method of analysis. The main result of the study indicates that there is strong cultural transmission mechanism among Turkish immigrants in Germany in terms of homogamous marriage, language and religion. The result implies that Turkish immigrants are exerting more socialization effort in terms of spouse choice in the marriage market and religion in order to transmit these traits to their children. But, in terms of fertility, education and marital arrangement there is a tendency to move towards the hosting society’s norms.
Date of Award31 May 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Namur
SupervisorCATHERINE GUIRKINGER (Supervisor) & Marie Seleck (Co-Supervisor)

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