Who are the 1000 people in Germany making all the important decisions? 80% of all management board members come from the upper echelons of society. Ascending the rungs of social mobility is especially hard for those whose families have roots abroad.
German pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds still lag behind their counterparts from affluent families, a new OECD study shows. But there was some good news as far as social mobility in education is concerned.
A typical poor child in Germany would need 180 years to reach the average German income, while one in the United States would need 150 to reach the average US income. The OECD says that needs to change.
More children are enrolled in German schools today as a result of higher birth rates and immigration. Still, a stark divide exists between those who are likely to attain a higher education and those who are not.
All four members of a task force that advises the UK government on social mobility have stepped down. Despite years of austerity, the country faces a further drop in living standards as it prepares to leave the EU.
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