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Family Reunification and Integration Policy in the EU: Where Are the Women?
29/07/2015- News
Family Reunification and Integration Policy in the EU: Where Are the Women?
In its early efforts to create a migration regime, the EU passed the 2003 Directive on the Right to Family Reunification. This directive has long been considered controversial, in part because of the directive's treatment of migrant women.

A new paper by researcher Eleanor Morris explains the consultation process in the EU to expose the concerns of various constituencies and uncovers the ways in which family reunification and integration policy in the EU are still conceived of as "gender neutral" policy areas.
While reopening the 2003 family reunification Directive could have been a positive move for migrant women, this paper underscores the ways in which the EU, and even parts of the nongovernmental community, continue to fall short in crafting gender sensitive policies that would benefit migrant women, their families, and the EU a whole.

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Call for papers: PAA 2016 Annual Meeting
25/09/2015- Call for papers
Call for papers: PAA 2016 Annual Meeting
Find Instructions for Submitting a Paper, Instructions for Submitting a Poster and Important Dates in the Document below.
Call for papers: "Families Beyond Borders - What is the Impact of Migration on Families?"
15/09/2015- Call for papers
Call for papers: "Families Beyond Borders - What is the Impact of Migration on Families?"
In order to facilitate a truly European platform for discussion and exchange of knowledge, and to contribute to the development of new partnerships, a major part of the conference will be organised in workshops where participants, in smaller groups, will be able to interact and discuss ina more direct way about a specific topic. We are, therefore, inviting researchers, NGOs, local authorities and allinterested stakeholders that wish to present their work in one of the workshopsto submit a proposal for a presentation, by filling the following form: Call for presentations and sending it back to us by 15 September 2015, with the subject line "Presentation proposal for migration conference”.
The Low Importance of Marriage in Eastern Germany
24/07/2015- News
The Low Importance of Marriage in Eastern Germany
Eastern Germany is a region with one of the world's highest percentages of non-marital births. Marriage and childbearing seem to be decoupled. This brings into question people's views on the institution of marriage.
A new paper by Andreas Klärner examines eastern Germans' views on cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing. It argues that historical, social, and political contexts shape the social norms of marriage and non-marital childbearing and presents data from eight qualitative focus group interviews with 74 women and men aged 25-40 in Rostock, a medium-sized city in eastern Germany.
The respondents often compared their own motives and incentives for marriage with those which existed in the socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR) and held true for their parents. Many of them stated that having children was important for them as individuals and for their partnership. However, they treated the decision to get married and the decision to have children as two separate issues. Respondents often referred to the past and said that the strong legal and financial incentives to marry in the past regime in the socialist GDR no longer exist. Today's incentives were seen as minor, or as irrelevant to their personal situations. 
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