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 2019/09  2015 1997
Guest contribution by Prof. Gong Weibin, Central Party University
„Social governance in Germany and what we can learn from it“

Think tank function of science to build effective social governance

Politicians in Germany attach great importance to scientific assessments and recommendations and know how to bring in external expertise in the preparation of scientifically sound political decisions. Science also plays an important role in the communication, explanation and implementation of political decisions.
In Berlin we visited the Institute for Applied Demography Berlin-Brandenburg (IFAD). Dr. Harald Michel is the founder and director of the institute and also teaches 40 hours per semester at Humboldt University. The IFAD is a private institution with a total of 20 employees, including four permanent employees and 16 part-time employees. The institute is financed through the sale of services to EU, federal, state and local governments and their subordinate bodies.

In recent years, the IFAD has primarily examined historical and current trends in global population development, European development trends, the aging of German society and political approaches.
The IFAD representatives were critical of the current German population and especially immigration policy. They believe that some politicians have not yet fully recognized the profound socio-economic implications of demographic change. Problems arise particularly in the widening of regional development gaps as well as with the integration of immigrants and the associated effects on social cohesion.

You can read the full article of the Hanns Seidel Foundation here:
»China > News > Social governance in Germany and what we can learn from it«
(in German language)
»An English version of HSS China reporting is available here«
(https://china.hss.de/en/)

 2015/06  2019 2014
Shrinking processes and services of general interest in East Germany

In an interview for the magazine »UNTERNEHMERIN KOMMUNE«, Dr. Michel (IFAD):
„The aging and shrinking process continues unabated. […] The population of eastern Germany will shrink more in the next 18 years than in the past 22 years. […] Of course, this does not remain without effects on the settlement structures and their development in East Germany. The rural areas, which make up around four fifths of the eastern German states, are subject to permanent and far-reaching demographic change processes, which in particular call into question the guarantee of services of general interest in an increasing number of areas.“
You can read the entire interview here …
PDF:  »ENTREPRENEUR OF MUNICIPALITY« (in English language)

 28. 06. 2014 2015   2013
More babies in the country again

The number of births is increasing not only in the big cities. The demographic problem is far from being solved. Although it looks good for Saxony's youngsters, demography expert Dr. Harald Michel remains skeptical. „These are normal fluctuations,“ he says in view of the birth rate in recent years.
»Sächsische Zeitung Online«:  Again more babies in Saxony (in German langue)

 2014/01
The social system is reaching its limits. That will only get worse dramatically.

Gothaer Insurance publishes an interview with Dr. Harald Michel from IFAD. The coming problems of social systems also present new challenges for the insurance industry.
PDF:  »Gothaer News« 2014/01 (in German language)

 2013/04 2014   2012
Note: it goes its course

Some comments from the demographer's point of view on the federal government's annual report on the state of German unity in 2013
Dr. Harald Michel in »ENTREPRENEUR COMMUNITY« edition 04/December 2013
PDF:  Magazine issue 2013/04 (in English language)

 10. 06. 2013
The population has been shrinking for 40 years

„The expert Dr. Harald Michel, Head of the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin, clarified that the population has been shrinking for 40 years.“
Press releases - Lower Saxony State Pharmacists Association (e.V.)

The local press also reported::
„The population […] will shrink significantly“,
explained Dr. Harald Michel in front of around 400 participants in the event.
Support should also be provided in the search for property
- wolfsburger-nachrichten.de - The article is subject to subscription fees.

 04. 06. 2013
The result of the 2011 census for Berlin

„It's just waste,“ says Dr. Harald Michel from the Berlin Institute for Applied Demography. „All numbers have to be recalculated.“
PDF:  Berlin is growing on the wrong basis (in English language) »Tagesspiegel«:  tagesspiegel.de - Berlin (Tagesspiegel News in German language)

 03. 05. 2013
5th BBE lunchtime talk
(Federal Network for Civic Engagement)

Among other things, the question of whether demographic change can be controlled from above or whether the main initiatives should rather come from the regions.
Keynote speech by Dr. Harald Michel (Institute for Applied Demography GmbH)
Here is a detailed summary:
PDF:  BBE : Newsletter Nr. 9 from 3. 5. 2013

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(… see there under »news«)

 2013/01
Municipal letter 01/2013: Interview with Dr. Harald Michel

„The previous, exclusively growth-oriented understanding of politics has to be supplemented by a paradigm of shrinking and restructuring.“
The municipal letter with the interview as a PDF file
(Link was deleted)
(in German language)

 07. 11. 2012 2013 2011
Construction Industry

„The challenges for the construction industry resulting from Germany's demographic development will be dealt with in the lecture by Dr. Harald Michel from the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin.“ (www.zdb.de)
German Construction Industry Day 2012 (ZDB - German Construction Industry Federation)

 25. 07. 2012
Dr. Harald Michel cannot see any sustainable trend in the statistics:

„This does not alter the fact that the population will shrink in the long term.“
Demography: Germany grows again for the first time since 2002
(www.welt.de > Politics > Germany‎)

 18. 06. 2012
„Change is unstoppable - focus on effective adaptation strategies is needed.“

Comments: The federal demography strategy, Dr. Harald Michel, Prof. Dr. Tilman Mayer, Carsten Köppl
Demographie Newsletter XVII - Best Age Conference
(The newsletter „Demography“ is no longer on this website.)

 30. 05. 2012
Demography as a struggle for survival

„Only the German industrial metropolises will be spared for a while yet,“ said the managing director of the Berlin Institute for Applied Demography, Dr. Harald Michel.
»OTZ«
(»Ostthüringer Zeitung« about a symposium in Erfurt)

 09. 05. 2012
Demographic scenarios in Thuringia with relevance for the municipal economy. A plea for local stocktaking.

A presentation by IFAD 
of www.serviceagentur-demografie.de/

 14. 04. 2012
Competition for suitable young professionals

In agriculture, people are worried about the next generation and quote Dr. Harald Michel from the Institute for Applied Demography. To be read up on:
»kreislandvolkverband.de«

 03. 04. 2012
DART Project (Declining, Ageing and Regional Tranformation)

The DART project publishes the lecture of Dr. Harald Michel from the Indicator Workshop 2012 in Berlin.
Further information about the DART project on the project page 
of »IFAD«

 03. 04. 2012
New structures are required

„[…] but after a lecture on demographics, it became clear that it's not that easy. Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director of IFAD.“
From an article by »www.auff.de« (Webmagazin der Märkischen Online Zeitung) or rather www.moz.de (Märkische Oderzeitung)
(The article can no longer be found. ⇒ 404 - Error)

 07. 12. 2011 2012 2010
„Every third person will then be over 65.“

This change in the age composition cannot be prevented, at most it can be mitigated. Dr. Harald Michel of the Institute for Applied Demography recently made this statement at a »DBV« conference in Berlin.
DBV symposium on demographic development
(Article on »www.seedquest.com« on a symposium of the German Farmers' Association)

 04. 11. 2011
Demographic change in fire brigades

Dr. Harald Michel of IFAD on demographic change at the International Federation of Fire and Rescue Services
International Conference - CTIF
(Comité Technique International du prévention et d'extinction du Feu)

 18. 10. 2011
Declining consumer goods market

„The decline in the consumer goods market will lead to a slowdown in economic growth of up to 1%,“ predicts Dr. Harald Michel of IFAD, Institute for Applied Demography GmbH.
AAL Branch report - Project Office Healthcare Management
(»AAL« - Ambient Assisted Living)

 23. 09. 2011
Demographic indicators between aspiration and reality
Demographic indicators: a basis for assessing current challenges

The DGD reports on the Statistical Week 2011 in Leipzig with the participation of Dr. Harald Michel and Dr. Volker Schulz (IFAD).
»DGD« - German Society for Demography 2011

 16. 04. 2011

„Die demographische Entwicklung in Deutschland und Polen; ihre Bedeutung für die künftigen Lebensverhältnisse der Senioren“ in Bild und Worte gefasst von Herrn Dr. Harald Michel.
CDU -District Association Cottbus/ Archive - News from the »Senioren-Union«

 2011/03
The deceptive dividend

Guest commentary by Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director of the Institute for Applied Demography, Berlin in the journal
»Unternehmerin-Kommune« + Forum new countries, March 2011, S. 79
PDF:  »Unternehmerin Kommune (Entrepreneur Municipality)« 2011/03 (PDF in english language)

 2010/12 2011 2009
Tabooing does not change the objective course of things
Unternehmerin Kommune (Entrepreneurial Municipality) + New Länder Forum, Dec. 2010

Interview with Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director of the Institute for Applied Demography, Berlin in the magazine »Unternehmerin Kommune« + »Forum Neue Länder«, No. 4/December 2010, Volume 14, pp. 28 to 30
PDF:  »Unternehmerin Kommune« 2010/12 (in German language)

 16. 11. 2010
Does demographic change influence the skilled labour situation?

A controversial consideration by Dr. Harald Michel, Institute for Applied Demography „[…] a man of clear words […]“ (text of the invitation).
The Berlin-Pankow District Office reported on the event in a press release dated 03. 11. 2010
16. Pankow Business Day in the Zeiss - Large Planetarium at 16. 11. 2010

 26. 10. 2010

„[…] Dr. Harald Michel of the Institute for Applied Demography Berlin-Brandenburg discussed the general demographic development in Germany.“
Wide range of information offered - DBwV (German Bundeswehr Association) (Deutscher Bundeswehrverband)

 08. 10. 2010
We're getting fewer and older

Munich - Dr. Harald Michel, head of the Berlin Institute for Applied Demography GmbH, pointed out the consequences of demographic change, which poses new and very complex challenges for the German population.
PDF:  German Pharmacists' Day (Deutscher Apothekertag) 2010 (in German language)

 08. 10. 2010

Here Dr. Harald Michel, head of the IFAD - Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin, cleared up a general error. Neither immigration nor family support policies could stop the shrinking of the German population.
PDF:  Pharmaceutical newspaper -online- to the German Pharmacists' Day 2010

 29. 04. 2010
Mastering demographic change in the craft trades

»www.handwerk.nrw.de« reports on the lecture by Dr. Harald Michel, Institute for Applied Demography GmbH (IFAD) at the West German Chamber of Crafts.

 2010/04
There is no rescue from Poland

Dr. Harald Michel on the consequences of demographic change and its impact on the labour market. Interview for the business magazine of the Berliner Tagesspiegel »Berliner Köpfe«
(Berlin Maximal) PDF:  Berlin Maximal 2010/04 (in English language)

 27. 01. 2010
Civic engagement as an attitude to life

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation invites to an event with Dr. Harald Michel, Institute for Applied Demography.

 20. 01. 2010
Vocational training in rural areas: consequences of demographic change

Demographic change affects our working world and thus also vocational training. The consequences for rural areas are profound.
Dr. Harald Michel from the Institute for Applied Demography, Berlin, will address this aspect in his lecture.
The Zukunftsforum » Ländliche Entwicklung 2010 «
( https://www.zukunftsforum-laendliche-entwicklung.de
 (Bundeslandwirtschaftsministerium) hatte eingeladen.
The association of cities and municipalities of Brandenburg reports:
Future Forum on Rural Development 2010 .
A further report can be found at
» www.bildungsserver.de. «
(Education in the FRG 2010)
Demographic change in Brandenburg (on »brandenburg.de«)
„Dr. Harald Michel from the Institute for Applied Demography GmbH Berlin, Brandenburg (IFAD), Berlin, deals with the desertification of rural areas in a lecture.“
(Unfortunately this lecture is no longer available on the Internet.)

 16. 11. 2009 2010 2008

„Serious changes are to be expected especially for the social security systems and the health care system.“ From the lecture by Dr. Harald Michel, IFAD Berlin at the event »forum: inova 2009«.
To the page of the forum:
The Senator for Economics, Labour and Ports  - Unit 24 - Employment promotion
bremer and bremerhaven work - initiate / forum:inova
PDF:  Der Vortrag (in German language)

 31. 07. 2009
SVZ - »Schweriner Volkszeitung«, 31. July 2009
More and more older workers

The importance of the »50plus« age group, also for the regional labour market, will increase in the coming years. This is the result of a conference held yesterday at the Schwerin Employment Agency […]. .
PDF:  »Schweriner Volkszeitung« (Schwerin national newspaper) 2009-07-31 (in German language)

 25. 07. 2009
Berlin »taz.de« Daily newspaper (»taz«), 25. July 2009

Downtrend instead of baby boom
„This has not stopped the downward trend in births since 1971,“ warns Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director of the Institute for Applied Demography. The number of births is still a third below what is necessary for a stable population, explains Michel.
PDF:  »TAZ« 2009-07-24 (in German language)

 25. 05. 2009
The demographic change in Germany and its consequences

Lecture by Dr. Harald Michel at the general meeting of the KWB (Board of Trustees of the German Economy for Vocational Training)
PDF:  Lecture by Dr. Harald Michel (in German language)

 17. 04. 2009
Postponement of wishes

„Some couples may now postpone their desire to have children by a year or two,“ says Dr. Harald Michel.
Family policy: The crisis as contraceptive - Policy »STERN.DE«

 2009/04

Similar to Baden-Württemberg, around 24% of the population in Berlin has a migration background. However, the situation is only comparable at first glance. Especially in the inner city districts there are considerably more migrants.
PDF:  Authorities mirror »online«
April 2009
(in German language)

 05. 02. 2009

„You are living in a historical age“ […] In the past 30 years the birth rate has fallen remarkably sharply. At the fourth Studium Generale of Team 5, Dr. Harald Michel, head of the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD), spoke in the newsroom.
asablog: Dr. Harald Michel
at the »Axel Springer Akademie«
(Blog Harald Michel not available at the moment.)

 25. 11. 2008 2009 2007
Is the country running out of youth?

Lecture by Dr. Harald Michel. Institute for Applied Demography at a forum of »DBV« (German Farmers' Association) and »DLT« (German County Association).

 19. 11. 2008
Effects of demography on firefighter training and fitness

The demographic change in Germany and its consequences.
Lecture by Dr. Harald Michel at the 3rd International Symposium
- Firefighter Training -
»www.alliance-for-fire-service.de«.

 27. 04. 2008
The demographic change in Germany and its consequences

Dr. Harald Michel at the 57th Annual Conference of the Association for the Promotion of German Fire Protection „vfdb“, quoted at »www.weka.de«

 2008/03
Too few births

Already at the end of 2005, Dr. Harald Michel from the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin presented facts that have not changed at the HDV management congress. According to this, the aging process in Germany will gain momentum.
»InBev Services« - Change as an opportunity
(„Number 2 on the beverage market in Germany“)

 2008/03
Berlin's demography concept misses reality

In a »ddp« discussion, the head of the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin, Dr. Harald Michel, accused the Senate of ignoring the fact that the real problem for Berlin does not lie in aging but primarily in the integration of immigrants.
PDF:  »ddp« -Talk: 2008-03-15 »ddp« News Agency
(in German language)

 13. 02. 2008
The widespread German disease is not high blood pressure but demographic change.

Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director and founder of the Institute for Applied Demography, attended the background discussion at the Axel Springer Academy. His shocking diagnosis: „The German people are dying out.“
So cited by »asablog.de« - Axel Springer Academy

Formerly: PDF »asa-blog.de« by the Axel Springer Akademie:
Anecdotal evidence - or: The truth about birth control, 2008-02-05
Formerly: PDF »asa-blog.de« by the Axel Springer Akademie:
The Germany diagnosis, February 13, 2008

 22. 11. 2007  2008 2006
Between exit incentives and retention strategies

How do we deal with demographic change?
Dr. Harald Michel at the 1st East Brandenburg Regional Conference on Vocational Training and Securing Skilled Workers at the IHK Training Centre Frankfurt/Oder.

 09. 11. 2007
Conference: Ways to more children in Germany

Dr. Harald Michel at a joint event of
»SRzG« (Foundation for the rights of future generations),
»IdZ« (Institute for Demographic Sustainability) and
»IZT« (Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment)
with the cooperation of »Inforadio« of RBB
Startpage of the event

 11. 09. 2007
More children in Saxony

Dr.. Harald Michel, head of the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin, warned against drawing conclusions on political measures such as the introduction of the parental allowance in January.
„300 more children is a nice number, but it does not explain a trend“, said the demography expert.
SZ-Online: Again more babies in Saxony - Sächsische Zeitung
(The article is no longer „online“.)

 23. 05. 2007
Who should take care of the elderly?

Udo Lindner wanted to find out from Dr. Harald Michel, head of the Institute for Applied Demography Berlin-Brandenburg, what effects this will have on East Germany.
PDF:  »pr-freie-presse« - 2007-05-23 »Freie Presse«
(in German language)

 16. 04. 2007
15 Years »IFAD«

3rd Brandenburg Demography Congress and Anniversary Colloquium 15 years »IFAD« „Demographic change and politics“ - effects and limits of socio-demographic research.
Demographic change in Brandenburg: What is politics doing?
Moderation Dr. Harald Michel, Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD).
»www.brandenburg.de« reported. You can find out more on the events page at
»http://ifad-berlin.homepage.t-online.de«

 22. 03. 2007
Implications of demographic change in Germany

Dr. Harald Michel, »IFAD« Institute for Applied Demography GmbH, Berlin
Symposium on contaminated sites 2007 - ITVA

 08. 11. 2006 2007 2005
How can the demographic development be countered with appropriate political measures?

Under the following link the Expert Commission on Demographic Development Saxony is presented. Here you will also find the recommendations of the Commission for coping with demographic change in the Free State of Saxony.
Demographic evolution - Dates and facts > The demographic change
Sachsen

 30. 07. 2006
Demographic change - East remains dependent on financial aid

Interview with population researcher Dr. Harald Michel: „The gap between winner and loser regions is growing.“
Udo Lindner asked demographer Dr. Harald Michel how the country has to adapt to this.
PDF:  »Freie Presse« 2006-07-30 »Freie Presse«, 29./30.07.2006
(PDF in German language)

 20. 01. 2006
Are Germans an endangered species?

„Germans are at risk of dying out if the trend continues,“ said Dr. Harald Michel, managing director of the Institute for Applied Demography. He fears the German population could shrink from 75 million to 50 million by 2050 and further after that.
The news agency »Reuters« interviewed Dr. Harald Michel.

 17. 02. 2006
Dr. Harald Michel's forecast is pessimistic

Epochal upheaval - Experts: population decline in Germany continues .
(The indicated article can unfortunately no longer be found.)
The »Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung« (MAZ) reported under »www.maerkischeallgemeine.de«

 06. 02. 2006

„If the birth rate continues to fall, Germans run the risk of becoming extinct,“ warned Dr. Harald Michel.
»Will the Germans become extinct?« the Catholic Intelligence Service »www.kath.net« asks.

 17. 01. 2006

Sociodemographic change and its consequences
A working group with the participation of Dr. Harald Michel at
- Klausur Nachhaltige Waldwirtschaft ->
at the »Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig -Halle GmbH«

 16. 09. 2005 2006 2004
Time bomb demography - Young and old makes strong?!

The introductory talk will be given by Dr. Harald Michel, Director of the Institute for Applied Demography Berlin (IFAD).
The Allgemeine Hotel und Gaststättenzeitung (www.ahgz.de) reported about this. Additional information:
6. HDV-Führungskräftekongress (HDV-Congress for executives) on the topic of demography.

 14. 09. 2005
Industrial, population and labour force development

The district of Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the past 100 years.
A press release about an event of the Industrie- und Filmmuseum Wolfen
Kolloquium: IG Farben Mitteldeutschland
Report at »www.anhaltweb.de«:
The IG Farben Mitteldeutschland - a problematic legacy.
(The article can no longer be found. ⇒ 404 - Error)

 03. 08. 2005
Demography and Kilometer Flat Rate

For the IFAD director, it is then also clear what will happen when the kilometres can no longer be sold: „Then the commuter movement will become a migration movement.“
Subsidy reduction: Commuter flight from Merkel-Land- »Spiegel Online«

 15. 04. 2005
Sociologist demands own social policy for migrants

In the opinion of the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD), the classic offers for social welfare recipients are no longer sufficient to effectively help foreign people. „A separate social policy must be developed for migrants,“ said sociologist and IFAD Managing Director Dr. Harald Michel yesterday.
PDF:  »Berliner Zeitung« 2005-04-15 »Berliner Zeitung«, 15. 04. 2005
(PDF in German language)

 24. 02. 2005
Villages disappear from the map

A concentration of subsidies in the area close to Berlin, as envisaged by the initiative of Minister President Matthias Platzeck (SPD), would accelerate the thinning of the peripheral regions of Brandenburg. This is the opinion of the head of the Institute for Applied Demography Berlin-Brandenburg (IFAD), Dr. Harald Michel. PDF:  »Maerkische Allgemeine« 2005-02-24 » Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung«, 24. 02. 2005
(PDF in German language)

 16. 02. 2005
Modernity now means shrinkage

Berlin demography researcher warns against naivety: „In Brandenburg, too, the consequences of fewer children will soon be clearly felt - and not only in the peripheral areas.“
»Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten«

 10. 02. 2005
A land without people

The demographer Dr. Harald Michel presented on Tuesday evening at an event of the Einstein Forum Potsdam. ⇒
Examples: By 2020, he estimates that entire villages will be abandoned.
PDF:  »Berliner Zeitung« 2005-02-10 »Berliner Zeitung«.
(PDF in German language)

 08. 02. 2005
Ahead of the West. On social and population development in the state of Brandenburg

Event with Dr. Harald Michel (IFAD)
»Einstein Forum«

 15. 09. 2004 2005 2003
East Germany is running out of women

The head of the Berlin Demographic Institute, Dr. Harald Michel, cites as reasons for the massive migration from East Germany the poorer chances that East German women have over men on the labour market.
Contributions at  »wallstreet-online«

 09. 09. 2004
Poverty in Neukölln is growing

The area around Karl-Marx-Strasse is one of the poorest in the city, almost one in five people here live on welfare. This is the result of a Neukölln study by the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD), which was presented yesterday by Institute Director Dr. Harald Michel.
PDF:  »TAZ« 2004-09-09 Tageszeitung (taz), 09. 09. 2004
(in German language)

 23. 01. 2004
Berlin-Mitte: 40,000 welfare recipients

The Mitte district is home to Berlin's new government quarter and many of the city's historical sights - but it is also one of the poorest quarters of Berlin. On Thursday, the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD) together with Social City Councillor Christian Hanke presented a new study on the „spatial concentration and social structure of welfare recipients“.
PDF:  »FAZ« 2004-01-23 »FAZ«, 23. 01. 2004
(PDF in German language)

 23. 01. 2004
New study: Where poverty is at home

A strikingly large number of foreign senior citizens and young women are on welfare.
Opposites collide in Mitte: capital city glamour and problem neighbourhoods, cultural lighthouses and run-down neighbourhood libraries.
Besides Neukölln (13.2%) and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (13%), Mitte has the highest proportion of welfare recipients in Berlin, at 13.1%.
PDF:  »Berliner Morgenpost« 2004-01-23 »Berliner Morgenpost«, 23. 01. 2004
(in German language)

 01. 01. 2004
Child Poverty

38 % of children up to the age of three years receive social assistance in the merging district in the form of subsistence aid.
Alarming trend, rising trend - Berliner Mieterverein e.V.

 26. 12. 2003 2004 2001
Shortage of Women in East Germany Causes Turmoil

„Eastern women seem to be more mobile than men, and tend to have more education and skills,“ said Dr. Harald Michel, director of the Institute for Applied Demography in Berlin. „Eastern women appear more successful in finding jobs or partners in the West. There are few jobs in the East, so large numbers of men and women go west.“
Interview with the news agency »Reuters«

 06. 11. 2003
Kreuzberg is the poorhouse of Berlin

Social City Councillor […]. IFAD Managing Director Dr. Harald Michel explains the difference.
»Berliner Morgenpost«

 06. 11. 2003
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: The younger, the poorer

They are numbers that do not really surprise you. Nevertheless, they are always frightening: every third child under the age of three in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district lives on welfare. This is the result of a study by the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD), which was commissioned by the district office under the title „Social structure and spatial segregation of social welfare recipients in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg“.
»Tageszeitung (taz)«

 06. 11. 2003
There are fewer welfare recipients in the East than in the West

In Kreuzberg every third child under three years of age is dependent on social welfare. This is the result of a study by the Institute for Applied Demography on behalf of the Central Employment Office. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, individual residential quarters were analysed here for the first time - the eight so-called social rooms into which the administration has divided the district.
PDF:  Press releases 2003-11-06 »Berliner Zeitung«
(PDF in German language)

 10. 10. 2003
Dr. Harald Michel: The „shock“ is followed by implosion

Population development in East Germany since unification - Causes, Implications, Prospects in Philipp Mißfelder:
PDF:  Thinking ahead for our country - Junge Union Deutschlands (in German language)

 28. 08. 2003
In the west the young, in the east the old

The scientist Dr. Harald Michel on ageing society.
The demographer Dr. Harald Michel heads the Berlin Institute for Applied Demography. In an interview with Stefan Braun, he says that in the East we can already see today what is coming in the West: depopulated areas.
PDF:  »Stuttgarter Zeitung« 2003-08-28 »Stuttgarter Zeitung«. 28. 08. 2003 (in German language)

 23. 08. 2003
More wishes than municipal funds - social projects are specifically supported

Results of a study are presented publicly. Dr. Harald Michel, Director of IFAD Berlin-Brandenburg: „Older citizens must be perceived as independent, active people, not first and foremost as people in need of care and assistance.“
Study: Senior citizens in Pankow are satisfied
A survey conducted by the Institute for Applied Demography on behalf of the Pankow District Office. […] The demographers found a „high level of life satisfaction“ among senior citizens.
PDF:  »Berliner Zeitung« and »ND« 2003-08-23 »Berliner Zeitung«
(in German language)

 18. 08. 2003
Gerontocracy is a danger to society

Generation debate: The head of the Institute for Applied Demography warns of the polarisation of social groups. Dr. Harald Michel is managing director of the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD). In his opinion, neither immigration nor family policy can stop the ageing of German society. He pleads for coming to terms with the ageing process and for life in the future to be oriented towards it.
PDF:  »Die Welt« 2003-08-18 »DIE WELT«
(in German language)

 11. 07. 2003
DEPOPULATION TREND GAINS PACE

„Developments in Wittenberge have been particularly worrisome,“ said Dr. Harald Michel, director of the Institute for Applied Demography. „All the young people are going, leaving behind senior citizens and so-called 'losers' with no skills.“ Michel told Reuters the population decline in Wittenberge has been more dramatic than anywhere else in eastern Germany.
»Reuters« interviewed Dr. Harald Michel

 02. 04. 2003
810.000 € for the social projects. District facilities are being investigated.

Pankow. The Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD gGmbH) has now been commissioned to investigate the social projects supported by the Pankow District Office.
PDF:  »Berliner Abendblatt« 2003-04-02 »Berliner Abendblatt«
(in German language)

 26. 04. 2001 2003 1999
Inventory and needs assessment

Tackling and preventing child and family poverty in Berlin - Study commissioned by the »Stiftung für die Familie« (Foundation for the Family) as part of the Berlin Advisory Council for Family Affairs project.
Authors: Dr. Harald Michel, Dr. Volker Schulz, with the collaboration of Ina Bugenhagen (IFAD).
The Family Advisory Council is publishing the study on the Internet:
PDF:  Stocktaking and Needs Assessment - Berlin Family Advisory Council (in German language)

 17. 06. 1999 2001 1998
Young people think little of flexible working time

Despite the miserable situation on the Berlin apprenticeship market, school leavers are not prepared to adapt to flexible working time models. This is the result of an IFAD study.
PDF:  »Berliner Morgenpost« 1999-06-17 »Berliner Morgenpost«, 17. 06. 1999
(in German language)

 24. 02. 1999
Tempelhof citizens satisfied with their district

»Berliner Morgenpost«
„The citizens of Tempelhof are happy citizens“, commented Mayor Dieter Hapel (CDU) on the results of the citizens' survey conducted by the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD) in November last year and presented yesterday in the town hall.
»Tagesspiegel«
According to a survey, Tempelhofer likes to live in her district.
Results of a representative survey conducted in November 1998 by the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD) on behalf of the District Office.
»Berliner Zeitung«
»Tempelhof«: Children have it good in the district - survey evaluated.
Two thirds of Tempelhof residents are satisfied with their district. This is the result of a survey commissioned by the District Office from the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD).
PDF:  >Tempelhof< 1999-02-24 (in German language)

 01. 11. 1998 1999 1997
Germany: A decade later, the Wall persists

Even though some statistical studies - such as a recent survey conducted by the Berlin-based private Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD) - suggest most East Germans are better off today in material terms, it is obvious that reunification has hit sectors of the population fairly hard.
Zitat aus:  »The Times of India«

 10. 09. 1998
Extreme right-wing minority

Berlin (dpa/ost) - „According to a survey, about 15% of the young people from the Berlin district of Lichtenberg consider themselves to be part of the extreme right-wing spectrum […]“, according to the study presented on Thursday by the Private Institute for Applied Demography. (dpa, 10. 09. 1998)

Right-wing extremism overrated among young people
According to a study by the Berlin-based »Private Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD)«, the spread of right-wing extremist sentiments among East German youths is overestimated. In a survey of more than 600 schoolchildren in Lichtenberg commissioned by the local district office in the autumn of 1997, „only 14.8 % had assigned themselves to the extreme right-wing spectrum“, IFAD Managing Director Dr. Harald Michel said yesterday. (Der Tagesspiegel, 10. 09. 1998)
PDF:  Lichtenberg youths 1998-09-10 (in German language)

 09. 09. 1998
District survey: Young people not interested in politics

On 10 September, the results of a youth survey will be presented in Lichtenberg town hall. On September 9th, the Berliner Zeitung reports in a preliminary information: Young people have no interest in politics.
„I wouldn't call that disenchantment with politics.“ says Dr. Harald Michel, Managing Director of the Private Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD). .
PDF:  »Berliner Zeitung« (The »www.berlinonline.de« portal is shut down.)

 24. 06. 1998
Emigrants in Berlin

ZBetween cultural assimilation and ghettoisation, Dr. Harald Michel (Institute for Applied Demography, Berlin) saw the situation of Russian-German emigrants in Berlin.
Report on the New Hampshire Symposium 1998:
»Diffusion of subject matter?« - Calvin College
(The article can no longer be found. ⇒ 404 - Error)

 06. 03. 1998
Study on the topic „Emigrants in Berlin“

»Berliner Morgenpost«
According to IFAD, 10,000 of the 135,000 Russian Germans live in Hellersdorf alone, 8,000 in Marzahn and 6,000 in Lichtenberg […].
»Die Tageszeitung (taz)«
Late resettlers in Berlin
On behalf of the Lichtenberg district authorities, the Institute for Applied Demography (IFAD), a private research company, […] interviewed 40 Lichtenberg ethnic German families from the former Soviet Union.
The result: Older late repatriates feel more integrated and are considerably more satisfied with their life in Berlin than younger ones.
PDF:  »Tagesspiegel and Morgenpost« 1998-03-06 Compare, (PDF-Abstract):  »IFAD-Edition« Booklet 50 ⇒ 1998-03-06  (PDFs in German language)

 1997/11 1998 2019
Youth, Education and Career

Social science studies by the Berlin Private Institute for Applied Demography show that young people in the East plan their lives more precisely and grow up faster than those in the West.
»The Spiegel«, 8/1997, PDF:  »Spiegel« 1997/48
(in German language)

 06. 02. 1997
Marriage advertisements in the GDR

On 6 February 1997 the first results of a study on the social change in marriage advertisements in the GDR magazines »Wochenpost« and »Magazin« were presented to the public.
Compare, (PDF-Abstract): 
»IFAD-Edition« Booklet 38: A partner from the paper
(in German language)

Some press articles about marriage announcements:

Süddeutsche Zeitung,  07.02.97, Page 12
The dream man of the GDR was a doctor, forester or sailor

Berliner Zeitung,  07. 02. 97, Page 8
The researchers took six volumes of the »Weekly Post« and the »Magazine« …

Frankfurter Rundschau, 
07. 02. 97, Page 36
They came from all walks of Population …

Berliner Morgenpost, 
07. 02. 97, Page 1
The man in the GDR wanted his GDR wife …


Citations, (PDF:  pr-ddr-marriage announcements - 1997
(in German language)




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