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70 percent of young German men still live with mum

German youths are taking longer to leave the nest than 40 years ago, according to a new study, with strong differences between men and woman.

70 percent of young German men still live with mum
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The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported on Tuesday that 62 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds were living at home in 2015, which isn’t much of a difference over the past decade: in 2005, 64 percent still lived at home.

But what has changed is that young people are living with their parents for longer periods of time than they did 40 years ago, which could be due to longer periods of studying, according to Spiegel.
 
There is also a stark difference between young women and men: 56 percent of women compared to 68 percent of men lived at home last year.
 
“Daughters often have fewer freedoms, which can increase their motivation to take to their heels,” Hamburg child and youth psychologist Michael Thiel told Spiegel in an interview.
 
Thiel added that parents also should take the blame for “not raising their child to be able to manage without them.”

And for young men, where they live is a big determining factor. Nearly 80 percent of young men living in towns of less than 10,000 people still lived with their parents – nearing percentages seen in Spain – while less than half (45 percent) of young men in cities of half a million or more still lived at home.

Still, compared to the rest of Europe, Germany seems to do comparatively better when it comes to getting young people out on their own two feet.
 
According to the latest Eurostat figures updated last week, the number of young adult Germans under 35 still living at home only slightly increased over the past five years: 43.1 percent, compared to 41.8 percent in 2010. 
 
This is lower than the EU average of about 48 percent, but places Germany behind the UK and France (both about 34 percent), as well as Scandinavian countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark, which are all around 20 percent.
 
There were also differences between men and women in the Eurostat figures. More than half (52.1 percent) of German men under 35 still lived at home last year, compared to just one third (33.4 percent) of German women.
 
And whereas the number of young adult women living at home decreased slightly by 2 percent since the 2008 financial crisis, the number of young men living at home increased by about 2 percent.

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Reader question: Who can look after my children while they quarantine in Germany?

Under the latest German travel rules, vaccinated people are exempt from quarantine when returning from holidays abroad - but their unvaccinated children may not be. Here's who's allowed to take care of them.

Reader question: Who can look after my children while they quarantine in Germany?
Looking after children in quarantine can be tricky for working parents. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

Germany’s new travel rules, which came into force on August 1st, were in many ways intended to make it easier for families to go on foreign holidays. 

While previously all children over the age of six had to submit a negative test or proof of recovery from Covid when flying into a Germany, now only children aged 12 and over have to show a negative test (or proof of vaccination and recovery) on their return.

READ ALSO: Germany to require Covid tests for all unvaccinated travellers arriving by ‘plane, car or train’

That essentially means that only children who are legally able to get vaccinated fall under the scope of the new rules when returning from abroad – so families whose kids are too young to get a jab won’t have to pay for tests for them.

Of course, in a global pandemic things are never quite that simple: under the latest rules, some families may still run into problems when returning from a high-risk or virus variant areas. If all the adults are vaccinated, they won’t have to quarantine, but unvaccinated children will face anywhere from five days (for a high-risks area) to two weeks (for a virus variant area) confined at home. 

Here’s what you can do if your children are in quarantine but you’re not – and you need a third-party to help look after them. 

Can grandparents or a babysitter come round to help out? 

In general, visitors aren’t allowed to enter the house during quarantine, the Federal Health Ministry told regional radio station BR24. If several people are allowed to pay visits and then leave again, it would be much harder to control the spread of the virus – which is, of course, the whole aim of self-isolation.

However, there are exceptions to this if there is a “good cause” for the visitors to be there, the ministry explained. This could mean, for example, that a carer could come into to check on an elderly resident in quarantine, or that a babysitter could come to look after the children in urgent situations.

Be aware, though, that even a “good cause” doesn’t give you a free pass to invite a rotating cast of babysitters and neighbours round to your home. Social contact should still be limited as much as possible, so it’s best to stick to a regular babysitter or relatives such as grandparents, who can come round regularly over the course of one or two weeks while your children are in quarantine. 

Can the children quarantine at someone else’s house? 

According to the Ministry for Health, that can be worked out on a case-by-case basis – and specific rules may vary depending on where you live.

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The best thing to do is to contact your local health authority and ask them for advice on your situation. They’ll be able to advise you directly on whether, for example, the children’s grandparents or another relative can pick them up from the airport and take them to stay with them for the duration of the quarantine.

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