Immigrant emancipation 'a growing trend'

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Young Turkish and Moroccan mothers have the same opinions about combining work and family duties than women from other ethnic groups, research indicates.

15 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Young Turkish and Moroccan mothers have the same opinions about combining work and family duties than women from other ethnic groups, research indicates.

But the Dutch Family Council also said that the husbands of Turkish and Moroccan man have different opinions regarding emancipation, newspaper Trouw reported on Tuesday.

The results of the study were being presented during a "Family Parliament" at the Rotterdam city hall also on Tuesday. Dozens of immigrant families were to discuss with politicians the issue of parenthood in a multicultural city. 

The research indicated that a majority of young Turkish and Moroccan mothers think it is okay if they continue working after giving birth. This differs largely with first generation female immigrants.

But the young women are also much more emancipated in their ideas than men from the same generation. "The discrepancy between the sexes can lead to tension," the family council said.

Council director Erna Hooghiemstra also told the newspaper that this tension could start in the singles scene as people search for a partner with similar ideas regarding work and family life.

There is an increasing number of working Turkish and Moroccan mothers, with two out of five from the second generation continuing to work after having children. "But that is less that those who want to work," Hooghiemstra said.

"Some girls get frustrated because they can't make their ambitions come true. Other couples postpone their marriage".
 
The research also indicated that almost every parent thinks it is important that their daughters are given an education. But immigrant parents think it is less important than native Dutch that their daughters can also earn an income. Native Dutch make almost no distinction here between sons and daughters.

Moroccans are the most in favour of traditional family structures in which the man earns the money and the woman looks after the children.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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