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Population Europe’s policy brief series “Population & Policy Compact” comprehensively summarises cutting-edge research results and provides policy recommenda­tions on specific population topics. Within four pages, each volume provides a concise and succinct synthesis of key research findings by eminent researchers from the Network and other leading European experts.

How can we better support families with young children today to decrease inequalities among future generations? In November 2022, the Open Research Area DICE (Development of Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement) project organised a High-Level Experts Meeting to discuss this subject with eminent scholars and stakeholders.
On 27 April 2022, the European Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on ‘Attracting Skills and Talent to the EU’. We sat down with researchers for them to offer their insights on the proposed initiatives and evaluate policy options based on research evidence.
Why Should We Care About Uncertainty in Migration Flows?
Migration processes, despite being highly uncertain, volatile and complex, very often demand concrete, rapid and targeted policy responses. Yet, addressing the uncertainty that is an inherent feature of migration trends is still a challenge. How can progress be achieved in this area?
10 Years After the  Directive 2011/36/EU
The EU’s anti-trafficking Directive adopted a holistic, human rights sensitive approach but it has not been sufficiently implemented in all member states’ legislation. This Policy Brief reviews the challenges and gaps in its implementation, such as the lack of adequate assistance and protection for victims of trafficking and missing identification systems.
Strengthening evidence- informed policymaking  on migration
Political decision-makers often rely on scientific evidence and expert knowledge as one of many inputs to make choices that align with their policy goals. However, given the increasing complexity of policy issues, time pressure, public expectations and institutional constraints, as well as the breadth of research and data available on migration now, identifying what is reliable knowledge is challenging.
Welfare states as lifecycle redistribution machines
European welfare states have evolved into sizable and resource-consuming institutions with a total social spending of around 28 percent of GDP and social policies affect every stage of citizens’ lives. But what do welfare states mostly do?