Closing convention women's lives - Family Planning and Migration

Lecture 1

Family planning and migration as a challenge for the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Prof. Elisabeth Pott, Director of the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

In recent years the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung has looked at the life circumstances of migrant women and men, with a special focus on prophylactic health promotion.

Lecture 2

From migration to transmigration? Observations on migration activities in Germany and Europe

Prof. Norbert F. Schneider, Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung

What do we think of when we think of migration? The traditional understanding of migration in the sense of permanent relocation to a new, often unknown country is still widespread today. From the destination country’s perspective, migrants often seem like strangers who have different customs and habits and thereby differ from the native population.

Lecture 3

Family planning and migration in individuals’ lives

Prof. Cornelia Helfferich, Sozialwissenschaftliches FrauenForschungsInstitut at the Ev. Hochschule Freiburg

The study ‘women’s lives – family planning and migration in women’s lives’ has the goal of surveying the family formation processes and the family planning among women with a Turkish or eastern European migrant background, the two largest groups in Germany’s migrant population, and to determine their need for information and support regarding issues relating to that area.

Lecture 4

Starting a family: the second-generation Turkish migrants

Dr. Nadja Milewski, Universität Rostock

Two different explanations are used to analyse the reproductive behaviour of international migrants and their offspring. Firstly, socialization plays a role: are the family formation patterns, norms and values from the country of origin still extant in the destination country, or do the descendants of the migrants adapt to the demographic patterns of the destination country? Secondly, socio-economic factors have to be taken into account: to what extent do differences between women migrants and women without a migrant background affect the family formation process?

Lecture 5

Family and migration since 1960

Dr Helen Baykara-Krumme, Technische Universität Chemnitz

By recruiting ‘guest workers’, a process that began with contracts with Italy in 1955, Germany underwent an immigration phase whose diverse impacts still affect politics and society today. In the forefront of this contribution are family-related aspects that have changed over time. What patterns exist in families before and after the migration? Are there any observable changes in how they live together, how they select partners or in their generative behaviour?

Lecture 6

Family patterns and patterns of relationships between the sexes in eastern Europe

Dr Ingrid Oswald, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

The complex subject will be introduced using a specific migration behaviour as an example: marriage-related migration in the context of ‘feminization of migration’. This migration phenomenon has come more and more to the fore in the past two decades; on the one hand on the practical level of the empirically observable migration events in Europe, and on the other hand in scholarly research.