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Ron Lesthaeghe (2001)

The FFVP and MHSM Surveys among Turkish and Moroccan Populations in Belgium: A Concise Field Report*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 26, 3-4/2001, p. 453-462, Opladen: Verlag Leske + Budrich, ISSN: 0340-2398

Since in 1998 the "Federal Service for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs" (DWTK) instructed historians and demographers of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), amongst others, to carry out research into ethnic minorities, four new databases were created:

  1. The "Family Formation and Value Patterns" (FFVP) survey conducted in 1991-93 among Turkish and Moroccan women in Flanders and Brussels by the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the University of Ghent (RUG).
  2. The "Migration History and Social Mobility" (MHSM) surveys conducted nationally in 1994-96 among Turkish and Moroccan men by the VUB, the RUG and the University of Liège (Ulg).
  3. The 1991 "Census-monograph database" which facilitated a more detailed analysis of education, employment, household structure and fertility profiles of the Turkish and Moroccan populations.
  4. The 1993 "FFS (Fertility and Family Surveys) extension" to include the Turkish and Moroccan populations of Brussels.

This article details the random selection of individuals, the organisation and the primary survey, as well as how sensitive questions were dealt with in the FFVP and MHSM surveys. It describes the difficulties encountered in carrying out the survey and resultant suggestions for improvements in future studies.

* Original title: Die FGWM- und die MHSM-Erhebung unter türkischen und marokkanischen Bevölkerungen in Belgien: ein kompakter Forschungsbericht (full text in German only)

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