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Focus on the Family   versione testuale
The Novae Terrae Foundation and the Catholic University of Milan publish the First Report on the right to family in the world from 2015 to 2016

An analysis of the characteristics of the family, highlighting especially the internal and external relationships, as well as the possibility and the way in which to "make a family" in different geographical and cultural contexts are the objectives that have led to the first report on the family in the world, through the Independent Global Index on Family (IGIF), signed by the Novae Terrae Foundation and the Catholic University of Milan.
"The report looks at 46 countries and the family as part of the fundamental human right," says Luke Williams, director of the Novae Terrae Foundation, adding that "the Independent Global Index on Family is built on statistical indicators found in the data international bases, with regard to the structural dimension of the family as well as to economic and social resources for care."
The global index of IGIF is composed of 4 dimensions: the "structural" subindex, i.e., the presence of children and the stability of the marital relationship; the subindex "economic resources" of the domestic unit, or the economic resources that the family can count on; the subindex "contextual resources," which includes services for the care and the possibility of reconciling family and work; and the subindex "social resources," which refers to the quality of internal and external relations to the family.
The top of the graduated list includes Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, followed by Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, Russia and Iceland, Belgium and Estonia, with detailed levels of the Index. Italy occupies the thirty-ninth place, followed only by Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Peru, Croatia and Macedonia.
The articulation of subindices reveals complex and varied situations: there are countries where, despite a high level of economic resources and services supporting the tasks of care, that of the structural dimension in terms of the presence of children and diffusion of marriage remains low: this is the case of Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and Germany. In others countries, in addition to the small number of children and high marital instability, economic and contextual resources are scarce: this is so in Italy, but also in Greece, Mexico, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Macedonia.
The full report, an excerpt of which is available at, also includes a detailed study on family law, in a comparative perspective, and on intergenerational solidarity.
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The abstract of the report in Italian is available at this link

The abstract of the report in English is available at this link

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