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The future of Europe will be one with a very different demographic profile to that which prevails today. This is likely to be reinforced y further enlargement, which will add to the diversity of future lifestyles and patterns of personal relationships. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, there will be forces for convergence as well as divergence, both within as well as between the different countries of an enlarged Europe. Although information and communication technologies will play a key role in shaping these future patterns, these will be affected to a far greater extent by socio-demographic and cultural factors. As in the past, it is these that will largely determine the utilization of new technologies and, therefore, work patterns and life styles. If the direction of some of these is uncertain, what is certain that peoples' lives in the future will be characterized by greater mobility, job change and diversity in personal relations. It will be a shift to "mosaic living".

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Authors: SCASE R, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18969 EN (1999) 25 pp.
Availability: Available from IPTS, Seville, Spain
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