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Jürgen Dorbritz (2004)

Demographic Trends and Main Findings of the German Population Policy Acceptance Study (PPAS)

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 29, 3-4/2004, p. 315-328, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398

At a time in which demographic change, in particular demographic aging, is ever increasingly the subject of public debate, the Federal Institute for Population Research has implemented a survey of the opinions and attitudes of the population, for instance on the low birth rate, rising life expectancy, immigration and the integration of the population with a migration background. It was revealed that a critical view is taken with regard to some of the demographic trends, such as the growing number of the elderly, the high share of childlessness or the rising divorce rate. The survey confirms that considerable importance continues to attach to family and children. It was found that people increasingly wish to reconcile family and gainful employment, that relationships between generations are intact, and that there is a considerable desire for greater integration of the population with a migration background. This article provides an overview of the main demographic trends, and contrasts them to the opinions that are found to exist among the population in this regard.

* Original title: Demographische Trends und Hauptergebnisse der deutschen Population Policy Acceptance Study (PPAS) (full text in German only)

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