News 2015

Martin Spindler takes over position as visiting professor

Dr. Martin Spindler, Senior Researcher at the Department for Social Policy (MEA), holds the position of a visiting professor at the University of Mannheim until July. He is acting on the Chair of Microeconometrics at the School of Law and Economics.

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Long-term Care is a Public Responsibility

The state is of vital importance for a functioning long-term care system. The needs of people who require long-term care, especially if they are socially deprived, are met better by those countries, in which families do not have to take on care for their relatives all by themselves. This is one of the results recently published by the EU-research network SHARE, which is being coordinated by the sociopolitical Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. State-supported care systems can relieve families, who are in turn able to look after their relatives’ social needs. In this way, families living in countries with well-established care systems continue to make a significant, complementary contribution to long-term care.

Refugee Minors in Germany: Discussion with Ulrich Becker

Unaccompanied refugee minors stood at the heart of the last Max-Planck-Forum in 2015 that took place on 17 December. Prof. Ulrich Becker (left), Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, discussed with Tobias Klaus (Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, 2. from left), Markus Schön (2. from right), provisional Head of the Youth Welfare Office of the city of Munich, and Hans Artschwager (right), managing director of WALDHAUS gGmbH, the consequences of a new law that entered into force on 1 November 2015. It makes possible the distribution of those children and adolescents all over Germany. Together with the moderator, Petra Herrmann (Bayerischer Rundfunk), the participants looked particularly at the problems that the new law carries along as well as at current political developments such as the second reform on asylum, planned by the Federal Government.

Max Planck Junior Scientist Receives Award

Laura Dobusch, member of the Max Planck Fellow Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy has recently been awarded by the Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft (IMEW) for her paper on “Disability and Gender in the Focus of Diversity Management: Unequal Inclusion Dynamics?” in Berlin. The prize is granted biennially to young scientists who conduct research into topics such as Science’s Social Responsibility, Disability Management and Social Participation. The IMEF strives to increase awareness of people with disabilities and chronic conditions within the economy, politics and society.

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wacker (right), Head of the Max Planck Fellow Group, congratulates Dr. Laura Dobusch for having received the award.
EU Refugee-Protection as Patchwork

Thousands upon thousands of people hope they will find a more secure and better life when they have to leave their homes and make their way to the European Union. However, a recent comparative study by the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy shows that their protective rights vary significantly. This is because benefits and allowances, as well as access to medical care, are organized differently within individual member states. The results will be published soon.

Article of The Brussels Times on a presentation of Prof. Ulrich Becker about the EU asylum system

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4 September 2015
Alumni meeting:
Der Sprung in die Praxis:
Vom MPI in Internationale Organisationen

[Making the Leap:
From the MPI to International Organizations]
MPI for Social Law and Social Policy
Room: 413

We deeply mourn the loss of Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. mult. Hans F. Zacher (1928 – 2015)
Hans Zacher, founding director of our Institute and emeritus member of the Max Planck Society, of which he was president from 1990 to 1996, passed away after a highly successful academic life.
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