Always in the papers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece or Portugal: too few children are born. If those countries would not have immigration, it would be much lower. Population shrinks.
What is the matter? The „Value of Children“ approach tries to answer this question. Starting already in the seventies of the last century but being more and more developed until modern times, mainly by sociologist Bernhard Nauck.
Most of the Immigrants in Germany come from societies with traditional family patterns like South Eastern Europe and Turkey. Families from those would be considered as stable having a low divorce rate. But when people are disembodied from their original country and marry a German partner, this changes, as a on mixed marriages in Germany showed. Read more
Europe in former centuries was a continent of emigration, now it struggles with immigration. Immigrants today come from far distant countries, other continents, different history and culture. Integration in everyday life is one central issue. Read more
Love – a heavenly emotion, a unique experience, a very special thing.
When you fall in love you think: that’s the one. The only one.
It comes spontaneously, surprisingly, it happened: you don’t know why.
Well, we sociologists know that it is not so spontaneous and falling in love follows general patterns.