CPRC Seminar - March 29

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to: 

Immigration and Fertility"

presented by Emilio A. Parrado

Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and Chair

University of Pennsylvania


Thursday, March 29, 2018

11:45pm - 12:45pm

Room 532B

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street



Videoconference is available at:

Columbia University School of Social Work, room 1109

1255 Amsterdam Avenue


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/seminar_parrado

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the Mailman School of Public Health.



Until recently, the growth and structure of national populations has primarily been understood in terms of fertility and mortality, with most classic demographic indicators assuming populations to be closed to migration. This assumption is no longer tenable; most developed countries have relatively low mortality and fertility concurrent with relatively high levels of international migration. These trends highlight the need to more systematically incorporate population mobility into studies of reproduction and growth. My presentation will elaborate on the connection between immigration and fertility with emphasis on the Hispanic population in the U.S. I will elaborate on the limits of standard fertility measures for studying immigrant fertility, as well as racial and ethnic differentials, and elaborate on the source. I will derive implications for understanding changes in fertility levels associated with the 2008 economic recession.


Migration, both within and across countries, is a significant life-course event with diverse implications for the migrants themselves and their families as well as for sending and receiving areas and countries. My research has migration as it central focus and its interaction with other demographic and social processes. My interests fall into three broad categories: 1- The Hispanic population of the United States, especially issues of immigrant adaptation and new areas of migrant settlement; 2- International migration, with special emphasis on its determinants and consequences for sending and receiving regions including health and family outcomes; 3- Social and demographic change in Latin America, including social mobility and family behavior. Presently I have concentrated my efforts in studying the intersection of gender, migration, and health risks among Mexican and Honduran migrants in sending areas and receiving communities in the U.S. Throughout my research I combine quantitative and qualitative methods. I draw upon diverse sources of existing data such as population and economic statistics and survey data, as well as collecting original survey and ethnographic data. I use a variety of advanced statistical methods for data analysis, and draw upon ethnographic and historical materials for contextualizing relationships and interpreting outcomes. This mixing of research methods and data sources enhances my analyses of complex social and demographic phenomena. 

For additional information regarding the Spring 2018 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars