Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre
Abstract. The presented discussion of some demographic processes is the first step in a more broad overview of the development and differentials between subpopulations originating from different sides of the Hajnal line, but co-residing in one country. If to take into account that the immigrant population is comparable in size with the native-born population, the study of the differentials between these populations becomes especially important from the viewpoint of elaborating adequate social and population-related policy. The already outlined trends in family formation and abortive behaviour indicate a need to take into account the advanced processes in the spread of the new family forms and relevant type of living among the Estonian population, while the spread of new family forms, usage of contraceptive methods and the attitude towards abortion demand completely different methods concerning the immigrant population. The article relies on the event history data collected in the Estonian Family and Fertility Survey (1994) and the National Minority Survey (1997), covering female birth cohorts 1924-1973.
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