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In Eastern Europe, Hungary and Poland are the main countries of immigration. However, compared to Western Europe this region is an example more of outmigration than in-migration. In the EU-25 during 1960–2004, net migration led to an increase of 20 million people. However, the experience of EU-15 was different. 1 Number of immigrants (non-nationals) in Europe over time (1990–2004) (thousands) Country Western Europe Denmark Finland Norway Sweden Switzerland France Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Germany Austria Spain United Kingdom Ireland Italy Eastern Europe Slovakia Poland Hungary Czech Republic Year 1990 1995 2000 2003 2004 151 21 – 456 – 3,597 881 109 642 4,846 434 398 2,416 81 – 197 62 – 537 – – 922 133 757 7,118 677 461 – 96 685 259 88 – 487 – 3,263 897 159 652 7,336 699 924 2,460 127 1,271 265 104 198 474 1,485 – 850 – 700 7,348 709 2,673 2,760 215 – 271 107 205 476 1,501 – 860 174 702 7,342 765 2,772 2,941 215 1,990 – – 138 – – – 153 239 – – – – Source: EUROSTAT (2006).

144). Even in cases where persons do succeed in stating their preferences, the obvious problem remains that, when asked to state their preferences, they do not always reply truthfully. Moreover, as we noted above, many immigrant children are unable to express their preferences independently of their parents and guardians. In Chapter 7 we describe how the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre assesses child well-being quantitatively on the basis of a survey of children’s own perceptions about their well-being or ill-being.

Most children are generally not mature enough to judge for themselves (that is, they lack capabilities) what is good or bad for them and what sort of life they value most. A child’s capability potential will remain latent until it is exploited consciously through physical and mental development in a healthy environment. As we discussed above, parents take decisions within households, which concern their children. These decisions are likely to influence children’s capability development besides hereditary factors and others, such as parents’ education.

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