social policies

Disputes concerning the impact of the latest Law on Financial Support for Families with Children in Serbia

The amendments to the law on maternity leave payments (the Law on Financial Support for Families with Children), which came into force in July 2018, proved unfavourable for some categories of new mothers, who were entitled only to a monthly payment of €9. This outcome stirred an ongoing debate, which resulted in street protests in September 2018 and requests for revision of the present formula used to calculate maternity leave payments.








Social Agenda 51 – Fair mobility and social fairness

The April issue of the Social Agenda magazine focuses on the notion of fairness: fair cross-border mobility, with the creation of a European Labour Authority; and social fairness with a Recommendation on access to social protection for the almost 40% of people employed in the EU who are either in an “atypical” employment situation or self-employed.



Migrant health across Europe: Little structural policies, many encouraging practices

Upon arrival, migrants are often younger than the host country average and generally healthier than native-born populations. This so-called ‘healthy immigrant effect’ however deteriorates with the time of residence. Once the age factor adjusted, studies find a disproportionate share of migrants among the population groups with low health outcomes. This is explained by the fact that people with a migrant background are disproportionately exposed to risk factors.















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