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A cohort perspective
Europe displays important variations in the level of internal migration, with a clear spatial gradient of high mobility in northern and western Europe but lower mobility in the south and east. However, cross-national variation in levels of internal migration remains poorly understood, because it is analysed almost exclusively using cross-sectional data and period measures. [...]
Housing an older population
For the first time in history, the average age of the British population has exceeded 40. In the mid-1970s, it was 34. Thanks to our ever-improving longevity and the ageing of younger migrants, it is estimated the 60+ age group will account for 75% of the UK’s population growth by 2040. British people will be living longer in a population that is itself growing older. [...]
Determining whether we are using our extra years productively
Our lives are getting longer, yes, but this does not necessarily imply more active years. As life expectancy continues to rise, there is a natural tendency to tack these additional years onto the economically in­active phases of our life course, namely to post-retirement. This can be costly for pub­lic budgets. It’s “natural”, though, because adding them anywhere else would require a conscious change to when we retire. Polit­ically, touching retirement is risky, but this is not necessarily the problem. Many countries have already begun adopt­ing measures to prolong working life. [...]
IMISCOE has opened nominations for its 2019 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award. The Network has awarded this prize annually since 2010 to stimulate and recognise excellent PhD research in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe. The 2019 competition is open to all PhD recipients whose dissertations were defended within the 24-month period before the deadline for submission of 15 January 2019. [...]
Interview with Prof. Helga de Valk, University of Groningen
Why do migrants choose the Netherlands? It's often thought that it is because of the high quality of the welfare state, but according to Groningen professor Helga de Valk, that’s a misconception. If it were true, then the Scandinavian countries would be the most popular, and migrants would never want to move on. The data does not support this scenario. [...]
What do foreign-born citizens do?
Do foreigners migrate more when a country faces a major economic crisis? In a recent publication, Victoria Prieto, Joaquín Recaño and Doris Cristina Quintero-Lesmes explored the case of Spain from 2006 to 2013 by looking at internal migration and international emigration among the foreign-born population in Spain. The authors used data from the Residential Variation Statistics and considered return migration and remigration to a third country when exploring international movements. [...]
Comparing Spain and Italy
During the second half of the 20th century there was a positive relationship between single parenthood and the mother’s educational level in Spain and Italy. However, several important transformations contemplated by Goode (1993) and McLanahan (2004) suggest that this relationship may have been inverted in Spain but perhaps not in Italy. The purpose of a new study by researchers Anna Garriga, Sebastià Sarasa and Paolo Berta is to test this hypothesis.   [...]
7° concorso neodemos e i giovani
Submit your paper to Neodemos's award for young scholars “Neodemos e i giovani”. All individuals born from 01.01.1981 onwards can send an original article until 31 March 2017.  Papers should cover a population issue, and scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply. For more information please click on the link (in Italian).  [...]
8° concorso neodemos e i giovani
Submit your paper to Neodemos's award for young scholars “Neodemos e i giovani”. All individuals born from 01.01.1982 onwards can send an original article until 29 April 2018.  Papers should cover a population issue, and scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply. For more information please click on the link (in Italian).  [...]
Population Europe Experts Prof. Jane Falkingham & Prof. Melinda Mills
The UK Minister of State for Universities and Science appointed the experts from Population Europe Professor Jane Falkingham (University of Southampton) and Professor Melinda Mills (University of Oxford) as Council members for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). [...]

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