Trends and Patterns of Bi-national Marriages in Portugal (1988-2011)
The aim of this project is to describe, analyse and interpret the development of bi-national marriages in Portugal from 1988 till 2011. The bulk of the data will be taken from official Portuguese institutions, particularly from the micro-data on marriage held by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The study of these databases will give particular significance to the analysis of certain central demographic indicators, e.g. gender, year of marriage, city of residence, place of birth, nationality, children of the marriage, age of partners, previous marital status, profession and education. This information will not only enable us to create the longitudinal design of the main trends and patterns of bi-national marriages in Portugal but also to understand who the social actors (Portuguese and foreign partners) in these mixed unions happen to be.