Evolution and Patterns of Divorces in Binational Couples in Portugal (1988-2013)


This research project aims to analyze the evolution and patterns of divorce in binational couples in Portugal between 1995 and 2013. The interest for the divorce in binational couples (also known as exogamic and mixed) lies in the fact that the immigrant communities in Portugal have grown considerably after the 1990s, contributing to the rise of binational couples between individuals of different national origins.


This project includes divorces between national citizens (Portuguese nationality) and citizens of some of the most represented immigrant communities in Portugal, namely from one of the following groups: a) African Countries of Portuguese Speaking Language (PALOP) (Cape Vert and Angola); b) Brazil; and c) Eastern Europe (non-EU) (Russia and Ukraine).


In order to develop a deeper analysis of the motives that lead to the marital disruption, this research project uses a quantitative analysis on the evolution of binational divorces and the sociodemographic characteristics  of the partners involved, and a qualitative analysis about the process of the divorce itself, and the main difficulties occurred at a legal, personal and familial level by the immigrant citizens.

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Project Funding
CE-Comissão Europeia
External Partners
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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