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Policies at your fingertips: Population Europe launches data portal “PERFAR”
What are the policies designed to address population change in Europe, and how do these policies work within modern societies? To help answer these questions, Population Europe, the Network of Europe’s Leading Demographic Research Centres, has launched a freely accessible data portal of policies related to population developments: the Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive PERFAR (www.perfar.eu). This new tool for researchers, decision-makers, and science journalists offers not only a comprehensive collection of policies in currently up to 16 European countries covering various areas (family, education, employment, health, migration), it also contains further socio-economic and demographic information, and the latest research results in the field. PERFAR also directs users to relevant graphs and tables from diverse data providers. “Validated data that connects policies with social and demographic trends are key to evidence-based decision-making and policy analysis, but these data are often hard to find. PERFAR helps researchers, policy makers, and journalists to navigate through this complex area”, says Axel Börsch-Supan, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, who oversees the activities of PERFAR together with Max Planck Directors Ulrich Becker (Munich) and James W. Vaupel (Rostock). Access to the data portal is free of charge and users will be able to easily conduct comparative analyses of policies across Europe. PERFAR was developed with support from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. and the European Union. More information can be found at www.perfar.eu/about-us.
Andreu Domingo presented with the highest award of the City of Barcelona
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Andreu Domingo, Director of the Group for Demographic and Migration Studies (GEDEM) and Deputy Director of the Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has been awarded with the prize "Ciutat de Barcelona" for the best publication in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Andreu's 300-page essay entitled "Catalunya al mirall de la immigració. Demografia i identitat nacional" (“Catalonia in light of immigration. Demography and national identity”) offers a narrative of the political debate linked to demographic changes due to migration in Catalonia over the last century. The "Ciutat de Barcelona" award is the highest recognition that the City of Barcelona awards every year to its citizens for excellence in different fields of the arts, research, and culture. The award jury is comprised of renowned representatives from each sector. Professor Andreu Domingo is Member of the Council of Advisors of Population Europe, the Network of Europe’s Leading Demographic Research Centres. Website of the "Ciutat de Barcelona" award: http://www.bcn.cat/cultura/premisciutatbcn/2014/secun7.shtml. For inquiries please contact email@example.com. Photo (© ICUB – Pep Herrero) shows Andreu Domingo (right) and the Mayor of the City of Barcelona Xavier Trias (left).
Like Attracts Like - Study for the first time compares racial preferences of online-daters across Europe
More than 30 million Europeans log onto dating websites at least once every month to find the love of their lives. But what do they look for exactly in their future partners? A new study from the Universities of Lausanne and Oxford has now for the first time compared racial preferences of online daters across Europe. It not only shows that individuals uniformly prefer to date same-race partners but also that there is a hierarchy of preferences both among natives and minority groups, mirroring country differences in size of minority population, anti-immigrant attitudes or integration policies.
Anachronistic and antagonistic – demographic experts and European policy makers call for more sustainable migration policies
Current European migration policies are not responding to mid- and long-term demographic developments, but instead are being shaped by short-term political agendas in the member states. This was one conclusion from a recent Population Europe Event about migration and migration policy in Rome, organised in cooperation with Sapienza University of Rome and Neodemos under the patronage of the Senate of the Republic of Italy.
Long-term Consequences of Youth Unemployment – Webinar with Population Europe Expert Arnstein Aassve
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Youth unemployment has reached record-levels in many European countries. This is a direct effect of the economic crisis that does not only affect the immediate economic wellbeing of the younger generation. Given that youth unemployment has reached record levels in many European countries as a result of the economic crisis, immediate support by policy makers is necessary to prevent a “lost generation”. Arnstein Assave, expert for the demographic consequences of youth unemployment and poverty, will present his latest research on the topic in an exclusive Webinar for Population Europe on September 2nd at 2pm.
International women’s day 2014 – demographic findings about women and work
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“Inspiring Change” is the motto of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8th. One of the biggest changes inspired and achieved by women over the last three decades is their presence in the labour market. Based on an OECD-average, the labour market participation rate for women aged 25 to 54 increased from 54% in 1980 to 71% in 2010. This increase is closely linked to demographic developments, so in preparation of the upcoming International Women’s Day 2014 Population Europe presents four demographic findings about women and work.
Childhood disadvantages don’t have to turn into lifetime obstacles
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When it comes to children, most European societies are facing a troubling paradox: Despite our concerns about declining birth rates, many of the (relatively) few children we have do not receive adequate support. Child poverty levels are high, and even increasing in many countries, and educational opportunities are still too low and distributed unfairly, all of which can have long-term impacts. And though a lack of money, books or other barriers to having a happy childhood - such as parents separating - may be regarded as purely family affairs, there is still a lot that can be done by society. Institutions that support children early on can stop childhood disadvantages from turning into life-time obstacles – this is the main message of two workshops where multi-disciplinary researchers, European policy makers and NGO-representatives analysed the impact of poor socio-economic background and family disruptions on the life chances of children.
Anti gay attitudes die hard, says a new study presented by Population Europe
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The heated debate following the self-outing of footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, former player in the English premiere league and the German national team, has shown once again that homophobia is still an unresolved issue. A new study by the sociologists Judit Takács and Ivett Szalma shows, that acceptance of homosexuality is still especially low in the following countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania and Estonia. The most homophobic countries also tend to have the most traditional views on gender relations. The researchers further point out that “in the first decade of the 21st century the positive trend of greater acceptance, that could previously be observed in the post-socialist countries, has mostly come to a standstill.”
The JPI Data Map – a new approach to demographic data
Reliable and acessible data are vital for both policy-makers and scientists. The Data Mapping Project of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years - Better Lives" provides a comprehensive overview of where to find appropriate data for cross-disciplinary approaches and evidence-based decision-making in the context of ageing.
Social demography in times of economic crisis – Interview with Prof. Francesco Billari on the occasion of World Population Day 2013
Inequalities are on the rise in Europe. Prof. Francesco Billari, Professor of Sociology and Demography at the University of Oxford and new President of the Population Europe’s Council of Advisors, explains future population trends and what kind of political and research funding measures are needed in order to meet these challenges.
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