18 October 2018
IIASA, together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID) and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) is inviting representatives of the Austrian government, International Organizations, academia and media to a panel discussion on unter the theme "Is Europe facing a population crisis?".
The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. Institutional, economic and social factors can empower couples and individuals to realize their own reproductive goals and desires—or prevent them from doing so. Even in the most affluent countries many people face barriers to a full realization of their reproductive rights. In Europe, many countries including Austria have experienced low fertility rates for decades, rising fears of potential population crisis.
Are such fears warranted? How are fertility rates and reproductive rights evolving over time and how do they differ across countries and regions? What are the main constraints women and men face in Europe when planning a family? What are the long-term consequences of their current reproductive decisions?
This panel discussion will present key findings from the UNFPA’s State of World Population Report 2018, focusing especially on Europe. In addition, the panel will also provide highlights of the new global population projection scenarios prepared by the Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM) Project (collaboration between JRC and IIASA).
The event will have the following contributions:
Title: Is Europe facing a population crisis?
Date: 18 October 2018, 10 AM - 12 PM
Location: Austrian Academy of Sciences Clubroom: Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
The event will include the presentation of the executive summary of a recently published book entitled "Demographic and human capital scenarios for the 21st century" that was produced by IIASA together with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) under the leadership of Lutz. It examines potential future scenarios on population trends across the world, taking into account migration, fertility, mortality, education, and labor force participation. The work was conducted in the framework of the Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM) a collaboration between IIASA’s World Population Program and the JRC.
The CEPAM partnership was launched to provide comprehensive assessments of the drivers of possible future migration to Europe and study the implications of alternative future migration scenarios that could help to inform European policies from 2019 onwards. The book presents an essential background study for that work.
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Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program
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Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM)
Lutz L, Goujon A, Samir KC, Stonawski M, Stilianakis N eds. (2018) Demographic and human capital scenarios for the 21st century. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union
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