Marriage and Family Formation of the Second-Generation Afghans in Iran: Insights from a Qualitative Study

Mohammad Abbasi Shavazi, Rasoul Sadeghi, Hossein Mahmoudian, Gholamreza Jamshidiha

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    Abstract

    In 2006, around 1.2 million documented Afghans remained in Iran, of whom half were second generation. This paper is based on the results of a qualitative study conducted in three settings: Tehran, Mashhad and Isfahan, and draws on data collected via 80 in-depth interviews and six focus group discussions with second generation Afghans in Iran. The aim of the paper is to explore the adaptation of second-generation Afghans in Iran, particularly in relation to marriage and family formation. The results show that educational achievements and occupational skills of the second-generation Afghans in Iran facilitated their adaptation to the host society, and inspired different marriage and family behaviors and aspirations in comparison with the first generation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)828-860
    JournalInternational Migration Review
    Volume46
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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