The EU granted protection to 700,000 asylum seekers in 2016
Eurostat, 26 April 2017.
The 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 710,400 asylum seekers in 2016, more than double the number of 2015. In addition to these, the EU Member States received over 14 000 resettled refugees. The largest group of beneficiaries of protection status in the EU in 2016 remained citizens of Syria (405,600 persons, or 57% of the total number of persons granted protection status in the EU Member States).
An initiative to support work-life balance in the European Union
European Commission, 26 April 2017.
One of the deliverables of the European Pillar for Social Rights is the 'New Start' initiative to address the work-life balance challenges faced by working parents and carers. After the withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive, the Commission has decided to take a broader approach in order to address women's underrepresentation in the labour market.
US young adulthood
Jonathan Vespa - United States Census Bureau, April 2017.
What does it mean to be a young adult? In prior generations, young adults were expected to have finished school, found a job, and set up their own household during their 20s—most often with their spouse and with a child soon to follow. Today’s young adults take longer to experience these milestones.
Unicef, 12 April 2017.
A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, where violence and destruction have caused huge population displacements, left hundreds of thousands of children trapped behind conflict lines and led to a dramatic increase in malnutrition. Many have lost years of education.
Stress in America 2017 Snapshot:
Coping with change
American Psychological Association, 2017.
Stress affects everyone. Although we cannot eliminate stress entirely from our lives, we can minimize it by choosing to reside in the least toxic environments. The good news is stress levels in 2016 reached their lowest point in a decade. The bad news is they’re back on the uptick this year.
US: Couples living in subfamilies since the great recession
Jonathan Vespa and Sheela Kennedy - United States Census Bureau, March 2017.
Doubling up, or living in another person’s household, has been rising since the Great Recession. This paper looks at a particular case of doubling up: married and cohabiting couples who live in another household. We examine the prevalence of these subfamilies, focusing on differences between younger and older couples, among others.
Family Prosperity Index 2017
Wendy P. Warcholik and J. Scott Moody - American Conservative Union Foundation, February 2017.
The Family Prosperity Index incorporates data on economics, demographics, family structure, family self-sufficiency, family culture and family health in the US to rank the 50 states on how well they facilitate a conservative understanding of family prosperity.
Social vulnerability as an analytical perspective
Ann Zimmerman - Population Europe, February 2017.
This discussion paper seeks to sketch out social vulnerability as an analytical perspective to better understand the current situation and the long-term trends of social vulnerability in different welfare state regimes and under various political and historical settings. It is written within the scope of the project ‘On the edge of societies: New vulnerable populations, emerging challenges for social policies and future demands for social innovation.’
EU: fertility rate and age of women at birth of first child
Eurostat, 8 February 2017.
The total fertility rate in the EU increased from 1.46 in 2001 to 1.58 in 2015. It varied between Member
States from 1.31 in Portugal to 1.96 in France in 2015. On average, women who gave birth to their first child in 2015 were aged nearly 29.
Why paid family leave is good for business
The Boston Consulting Group, February 2017.
A growing number of companies are moving to provide paid family leave for their US employees—and they’re not all in industries you might expect. Why the shift? To answer this question BCG reviewed the policies of more than 250 companies and interviewed 25 HR leaders at large organizations.