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BACKGROUND According to assimilation theory, the more immigrants are integrated within host countries the more likely they are to intermarry. However, status exchange theory argues instead that when integration is low, immigrants may use intermarriage as a means of improving their integration prospects in host countries, in which case an increase in levels of integration would reduce immigrants' propensity to intermarry. OBJECTIVE To test these two hypotheses, this paper assesses the causaldoi:10.4054/demres.2017.36.43 fatcat:q6i4f5nt65ftnfmk4k22bb7ami