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27%

of Russian families are prepared to support their children until they finish their undergraduate degree. There were just over 20% of such families five years ago.

At the same time, the proportion of families ready to support their children until they receive a master’s degree without relying on any money their children make has fallen to 27% from 34%. The share of families intending to support their children only during their primary and secondary education has gone practically unchanged over the last five years and fluctuates between 7% and 10%.

This data was obtained during a survey of Russian families with children aged 4-22 that was conducted in the autumn of 2013 as part of a joint project between the Monitoring of Education Markets and Organizations (MEMO) and the Public Opinion Foundation.The news bulletin for the research is planned to be published in the second half of 2014.

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How Children Affect Mother's Career

Mothers of three or more children are four times as likely to be unemployed compared to mothers of one or two children, according to Alina Pishnyak's study 'Employment opportunities and constraints for women in Moscow.'

63%

of Russian families with children are willing to support them until they receive a higher education without counting on them earning money.

12%

of all Russian marriages are interethnic.

2.5 years

is the average difference in age between men and women marrying for the first time in Russia.

20%

of Russians who were born in the 1980s grew up in single-parent families. In the previous generation, this figure was lower at 16%.

76%

is the rate at which couples living together for the first time get married.

Russians Value the Traditional Family

Family is a more significant institution for Russians than it is for residents of a number of other European countries. Amid ongoing demographic modernization – the liberalization of marriage and the emancipation of women – ideas are still popular in Russia concerning the necessity of a stable union, procreation, and the mostly familial function of women, according to Marharyta Fabrykant, Junior Research Fellow with HSE’s Laboratory for Comparative Studies in Mass Consciousness.

48%

of parents of high school students planning to enter a university don’t give thought to the fact that their children may end up studying in a different region. Five years ago, the number of such parents was higher at 60%.

35%

of parents say that their children study in vocational schools, colleges or training schools because they need to ‘get on their feet’ as soon as possible and begin earning income for the family.

13.7%

of students who do not study in their hometown plan on returning home after graduation. This information comes from research by Professor Elena Varshavskaya of the HSE’s Department of Human Resources Management and Olga Choudinovskikh, Director of the HSE’s Centre for Migration Policy. The report is titled ‘Migration Plans for Graduates of Russia’s Regional Universities.’