Family co-residency in France: when two adult generations live together

The 2011 Famille et logements survey, linked to the French population census, studied the phenomenon of “intergenerational family co-residency”; that is, the situation of two generations of adults from the same family living under the same roof. A major question here is who moved in with whom. In some cases, parents are supporting an adult child by housing him or her; in others, one or both parents have come to live with an adult child. Cohabitation may also be a way for the two generations to pool their resources. Of the 360,000 persons questioned, nearly 8% aged 30 or over with at least one living parent lived with a parent.

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