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PEs Video Series Continues
Why do women remain childless, why is 60 the new 70, what factors influence migration decisions? In our Population Europe Video Series "Population Europe Inter-Faces", 20 well-respected researchers from the Population Europe network answer demographic questions in a very intelligible and comprehensive way. Each one of them is also explaining one figure, that they find interesting an important. You can watch the videos here [...]
New issue of the Journal of Population Ageing
The new issue of the Journal of Population Ageing is a collection of of articles from a number of different authors focused on the Active Ageing Index. It includes the following articles from several of our Partner Institutes: "The Policy Discourse of Active Ageing: Some Reflections" by Asghar Zaidi and Kenneth Howse [...]
This paper starts with a short review of the growing literature on the topic of older migrants, particularly in relation to this population’s diversity, social vulnerability, loneliness, (transnational) care and support networks. It then introduces the collection of papers of this special issue by proposing an approach to studying older migrants as social actors who develop strategies to surpass vulnerabilities. Older migrants mobilise their resources while taking into account structural opportunities and restrictions from the meso and macro levels. [...]
Allianz European Demographer Award Winners Tomas Sobotka and Felix Tropf
Demographer Tomáš Sobotka and Sociologist Felix Tropf were honoured for their outstanding research work at the 6th Berlin Demography Forum. [...]
Migration is one of the major factors causing population change in Europe today. As a result, European societies have become more ethnically diverse over the last decades. Understanding societal developments among Europe’s heterogeneous population requires better insight in the life courses and family dynamics of migrants. [...]
Parental leave in Central and Eastern Europe
The European Commission’s new roadmap on work-life balance for families seeks to im­prove labour market participation of women. Women’s employment, asserts the Commis­sion, is “tightly linked to the distribution of work and family responsibilities between men and women” and, consequently, gender gaps in pay and pensions [1]. [...]
New Research from Spain
A new study by researchers Maria Medvedeva and Alejandro Portes contributes to the ongoing debate about bilingual advantage and examines whether bilingual immigrant youths fare better, as well as, or worse academically than the matching group of monolinguals. Using data from Spain, where close to half of immigrants speak Spanish as their native language, they found no evidence of costs of bilingualism: [...]
MPIDR study offers new method to deal with missing data
  --- MPIDR press release ---   Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany have calculated birthrates for men in Germany for the first time. They found that in each year since 1991 the average number of children per man was lower than that per woman. In 2013 (latest available data) the birthrate was 1.35 for males and 1.42 for females. For 1994 they obtained a new world record low – the birthrate in eastern Germany was only 0.74 children per man. [...]
Op-ed by Andreas Edel and Patrick Dick in The European
Brexit would affect foreign net contributors to Britain’s welfare state—and their British partners. Read the full op-ed here: http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/andreas-edel/11073-brexit [...]
New Book Carefully Untangles an Often-Misjudged Demographic Phenomenon
It is tempting, write Michaela Kreyenfeld and Dirk Konietzka, to regard rising childlessness in Europe as a “distinctly new and ‘post-modern’ phenomenon”. But is it really? “Is ‘voluntary’ childlessness really a new development?”, they ask. And: “Can we actually draw a line between ‘voluntary’ and ‘involuntary’ childlessness?”, "What drives childlessness in the twenty-first century?" [...]

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