When in Rome

Similarities, rather than differences, characterise parent-child support among migrants and non-migrants

by Helga de Valk and Valeria Bordone

As our societies age, adult sons and daughters must increasingly balance their own lives with the needs of their ageing parents. They must reconcile the preferences of their parents with their institutional setting—that junction between policies and cultural expectations. A quick look at our own lives, and it’s easy to see that always making the “right” decisions can quickly get complicated for anyone.

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Turning the tables: policy and politics in an age of ageing

An index of generational power reveals the impact of one of societies’ budding political cleavages

by Harald Wilkoszewski, Elke Loichinger, and Patrick I. Dick

Everywhere we look, society’s crisscrossing political cleavages are deepening. Growing inequality threatens to open old wounds between the haves and have-nots, breakneck-paced globalisation between the forces of open and closed. Instead of easing understanding and compromise, the competing personal convictions within society seem to increasingly corral people into exclusive, crystallised interest groups. Deep enough, those cleavages can sever societal unity, carefully cultivated throughout Europe and the West since World War II, at the roots.

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What Crisis?

The integration potential of refugees in Austria is remarkable

by Isabella Buber-Ennser and Judith Kohlenberger

We knew that migrants tend to be healthier, more open and better educated than the average citizen of the country they leave behind. What we didn’t expect is that this positive selection bias would be so pronounced among the refugees arriving during the most intense months of Europe’s refugee crisis.

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A good start

Irish fathers of all stripes are now entitled to paternity leave that’s paid.

by Patrick I. Dick

“Simply put, the more time that fathers can spend with their babies, the better. It’s a good thing for dads, for families, and for society.”

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The race for global talent

All countries need it, but some seem to want it more than others

by Lucie Cerna

Highly skilled people are an indispensable driver of economic growth, competitiveness and innovation. Countries can develop that talent on their own through investment in education and training, but there is a faster way: recruit it from abroad.

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More than a Village

Eliminating motherhood penalties means rethinking how the cost of raising children is divided between men and women, their families, communities, employers and the state

by Irene Böckmann

Over the past few decades, things have gotten better. Men have considerably increased the time they spend on childcare and housework, and policymakers across Europe have recognized the value of helping parents reconcile work and care duties. But women still provide a disproportionate about of care work in European households—between 1.5 and 2.5 times as much as men. This affects women’s labour market opportunities, pensions and, ultimately, wellbeing over the life course. These are the motherhood penalties.

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That (demographic) ship has sailed

Even a 100% turnout by young Brits or lowering the voting age could not have prevented Brexit

by Harald Wilkoszewski

Britain’s generational divide was one of the first stories to come out of the UK’s historic referendum to leave the European Union. Within hours, news that more than two-thirds of voting 18 to 24-year-olds had cast their ballot in favour of staying in the EU rippled through the mediosphere, instantly igniting debates on generational privilege and responsibility.

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Migration: Freedom, Control, and Resilience

New blueprint for the EU freedom of movement

by Jakub Bijak

Full control over international migration is an illusion, not only in the context of large-scale refugee crises. There is large inertia in social, economic, political and legal processes underpinning migration, next to the vested interests of various actors, institutions, and sectors of the economy. That makes migration difficult to control in the short run, even if there is a will to do so.

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