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The draft of the scientific programme for the 2016 European Population Conference in Mainz is now available online. You can find more information here: http://epc2016.princeton.edu/topics. [...]
By examining social attitudes on same-sex adoption in 28 European countries, researchers Judit Takács, Ivett Szalma and Tamás Bartus highlighted individual and country-level factors that can determine the level of social acceptance or rejection of this specific kind of adoption. Their article contributes to the literature on social acceptance of lesbian women, gay men, and their adoption practices in Europe and directs attention to several previously under-researched aspects of social attitudes on same-sex parenting rights. [...]
Population ageing in Western countries has made delayed retirement and extended working life a policy priority in recent years. Retirement timing has been linked to individual factors such as health and wealth, but less is known about the role of the psychosocial work environment. A paper by researcher Ewan Carr and his colleagues drew upon longitudinal data on 3462 workers aged 50–69 from five waves of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Regression models were used to assess the association of working conditions with preferred timing of retirement and actual work exit. [...]
Out now: the Study & Career Newsletter of Population Europe, the network of Europe’s leading demographic research centres. [...]
A Life-Course Analysis of Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents, and Grandparents in Sweden
A new study by researcher Martin Kolk makes a contribution to the demography and geography of kinship by studying how internal migration and demography shape the geographical availability of kin in contemporary Sweden. The study uses a longitudinal approach in which the distance to siblings, parents, and grandparents is measured for the same individuals at different ages.  It follows all men and women in Sweden born in 1970 and their kin from age 10 to age 37, examining changes in distances to kin at ages when the cohort leave the parental home and often begin a new family. [...]
Space both constructs society and it is at the same time its output. The relations of society and space are not very well clarified yet , however it offers  inspiring  framework for all the topics that sociology and related social sciences study. Socio.hu Social Science Review invites papers for its 2016 English language special issue on the following topics: Urban-rural relationships; Local image and place-based approach of territorial development; Development policy and regional inequalities; [...]
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: [...]
Out now: the quarterly newsletter of Population Europe, the network of Europe’s leading demographic research centres. Please download it here: Population Europe Newsletter Winter 15/16.pdf [...]
Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive Economic and Social Research Council and President and Vice Chancellor, University of Leicester has been appointed a CBE in the Queen's New Year’s Honours for services to Social Science. The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) is awarded for having a role at national level, or a leading role at regional level, and for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area. [...]
The Example of Sweden
The world currently has more refugees and internally displaced persons than it has had since World War II. Yet the readiness of many wealthy countries to provide asylum to these refugees is waning, and a major reason for this is the fiscal burden that would result from larger refugee intakes. [...]

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