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The immigration of Turkish and Moroccan workers began when in the late 1960s men from Turkey and Moroccan were hired as ‘guest workers’ in various industrial sectors.

However, most current immigrants from these countries arrived later, not as guest workers, but under a regulation of family reunification, or in the expectation of finding a better life.

Assessing the attitudes towards parental influence on mate choice and towards interethnic mating in these groups is particularly relevant as the Dutch have historically been strongly in favor of free mate choice, which may cause a large cultural gap between the Dutch on the one hand and immigrants from Morocco and Turkey on the other hand.

In fact, since the Middle Ages, young men and women in Western Europe, and especially in The Netherlands, had a level of freedom in their mating behavior that surpassed even what is found currently in collectivist societies such as China (de Moor & van Zanden, 2006).

In Morocco, many young people currently still believe that their parents should select a marriage partner for them (Davis & Davis, 1995).

On the basis of the foregoing, it can be predicted that young Turks and Moroccans in The Netherlands will have a more favorable attitude towards parental influence on mate choice, and will be more opposed to interethnic mating than ethnically Dutch young people,.

In contrast, in both Turkey and Morocco, arranged marriages are still rather common.

While in Turkey the influence of parents on mate choice has decreased in the past age as a consequence of Westernization, in present day Turkey still about 50% of the marriages are arranged by the families, and extended family involvement in the ceremony of giving permission to the marriage occurred during the 1990´s in 44% of the marriages (Hortaçsu, 2003).

For example, at the end of the 20th century, about half of the marriages of Indian immigrants in the US were being arranged (Menon, 1989; see also Talbani & Hasanali, 2000).

Overall, males showed a higher opposition against interethnic dating than females did, and the Turks showed a higher level of opposition to interethnic mating than both the Moroccans and the Dutch. *Corresponding author at: Department of Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS Groningen, The Netherlands.

In addition, the effect of opposition against interethnic mating on preferred parental influence on mate choice was especially pronounced among the Turks, somewhat less so among the Moroccans, and least strong among the Dutch. E-mail: [email protected] is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

This gender difference was especially pronounced in the Mestizo group – the group with the highest status, who would assumedly have the strongest interest in preserving the status of their group.

The present research was theoretically and methodologically built upon the study by Buunk, Pollet, and Dubbs (2012).

Although many Turkish and Moroccan immigrants are integrating well, and have currently a number of representatives in the parliament, overall, both groups still occupy a relatively low status position in society, and are socio-economically worse-off than the native Dutch (e.g., Hindriks, Verkuyten, & Coenders, 2014).