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Mixed Migration

Migration to Europe has increased considerably in the last two years. Above all, the very high numbers of asylum applications poses major challenges for many receiving countries. A particularly tricky policy-issue represents the mixing of forced and economic migration, the so-called mixed migration flows. Many (economic) migrants are trying to receive a residence permit in a destination country by filing an (often hopeless) asylum application. One consequence is an additional burden for asylum systems in host countries that currently are under strain anyways. In fact, the motives and paths of refugees and (economic) migrants are increasingly difficult to differentiate. This new study captures the dynamics of mixed migration with the available qualitative and quantitative data. The study also offers policy recommendations to improve mechanisms for handling the phenomenon. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

GED Economic Outlook: Japan

The GED Project is launching a new series: GED Economic Outlook. In this series, we will look at what the future might bring for countries or economic variables we are interested in. In this first instalment of the series, we look at Japan. Japan was hit by an economic crisis in the 1990s and has since struggled to return to high economic growth rates. While some predict a similar fate for the Euro Area, Japan might be ending its period of stagnation and deflation. Are there lessons to be learned? read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

SPOTLIGHT Healthcare - Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely is an international campaign to reduce medical overuse and to support shared decision making. We give a brief overview of the campaign and show what is needed to run such a campaign in Germany. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely is an international campaign to reduce medical overuse and to support shared decision making. The study looks at the source of this success, as well as what distinguishes the initiative. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

A Populist Moment?

Populist Attitudes of Voters and Non-Voters before the German Federal Election 2017 read more


Digitization at the service of society

Until now the discourse on digitization has often focused on the attendant dangers and technology, a situation the Bertelsmann Stiftung would like to change by contributing a new perspective, one that highlights societal aspects and opportunities for shaping digitization and its impacts. To that end, we are using this paper to state overall positions shared by the programs at the foundation. read more


Executive Summary: The "Popular" NRW Parliamentary Election of 2017

North Rhine-Westphalia conforms to an ongoing trend: In Germany's most populous federal state, voter turnout for a state parliamentary election in the country went up for the eighth time in a row. But, as our election analysis demonstrates, the social divide of voter turnout in NRW also increased in 2017 when compared to the state parliamentary election in 2012. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

When Machines Judge People

Processes of algorithmic decision-making (ADM) now evaluate people in many areas of life. ADM processes have been used for years to categorize people, without any real discussion of whether those processes are fair or how they can be explained, verified or corrected. One potential reason for this is that the systems have little to do with artificial intelligence (AI) as it appears in science fiction. People often associate AI with qualities exhibited by fictional characters like HAL 9000 or Wintermute: intentionality and consciousness. Yet, until now, powerful AIs of this sort have only been found in literary works and films, and have nothing to do with the systems presented in this collection of case studies. The latter, however, already play a significant role in deciding legal matters, approving loans, admitting students to university, determining where and when police officers are on duty, calculating insurance rates and assisting customers who call service centers. All are programs which are specially designed to address specific problems and which impact the lives of many people. It's not about the future according to science fiction, it's about everyday reality today. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Inclusive Growth for Germany 12: Building Resilience

Where do Germany and other countries stand with regard to resilience? Increasing resilience is one of the top priorities of global economic policy. The publication “Building Resilience – A comparison of eight OECD countries” measures resilience to an economic crises in a comparison of eight industrialized countries covering the years 1970-2016. Quite a varied picture emerges. Japan and Australia show considerable resilience in the context of crisis. France and Italy demonstrate a low level of resilience. The United States does little to serve as a role model for Europe with regard to resilience; while growth rates have been successfully stabilized there, crises have been accompanied by increases in inequality. In comparison to the average of the here considered countries, Germany has coped well. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will continue to look at the resilience concept within the framework of its “Inclusive Growth for Germany” project. A comprehensive study is scheduled to appear later this year. read more


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