The Family 500+: Poland’s new child benefit programme

Spotting a mum pushing a stroller down the main street of the Polish city of Radom is not easy these days. The town lies in the Masovian Voivodeship, the same region that Warsaw is in, but in recent years it has seen many of its younger residents moving to the Polish capital or migrating abroad in search of better opportunities. Today with its 217,000 inhabitants, Radom is still among the largest fifteen cities in Poland, but lack of jobs in its area and low wages are affecting its growth. Suffice it to say that in 1996 the city had 233,000 inhabitants, meaning that Radom lost 16,000 people – 7 per cent of its population – in just twenty years.

March 3, 2016 - Lorenzo Berardi