Processes of Immigration in Rural Europe: The Status Quo, Implications and Development Strategies
Contemporary immigration processes, such as forced migration and labour-induced mobility, as well as lifestyle and leisure-oriented movements, increasingly affect areas in Europe that are considered as peripheral or rural. This edited collection sheds light on the diversity of in-migration, its specific implications for development and strategies for coping. Contributions from various sub-disciplines of the social sciences, including human and cultural geography, sociology and spatial planning with different regional foci, encourage theoretical discussions, enhancing empirical knowledge and providing stimuli for practitioners involved in migration and development issues.
The structure of the volume therefore follows four main themes: (1) conceptual reflections on immigration to peripheral rural areas and development prospects; (2) patterns and types of immigration processes, drawing on various case studies from all over Europe; (3) realms of integration: namely, housing, economy and social life; (4) immigration management with a special emphasis on regional and local strategies, undertaken by policy-makers, the private sector and civil society.
Stefan Kordel, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Geography of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His research focuses on rural newcomers as well as resulting transformations in European rural areas. At the core of his scientific investigations are various processes of rural in-migration and related implications in the realms of housing, local economy and social lives.
Tobias Weidinger is a Research Associate at the Institute of Geography of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His research focuses on diverse forms of rural in-migration and consequences for regional development. In particular, he is interested in refugee migration and applies participatory approaches.
Igor Jelen is Associate Professor in Economic and Political Geography at the University of Trieste, Italy. He has carried out research on transition processes of post-soviet systems and is especially interested in trans-frontier and European integration issues in the context of postmodern-globalization passage, such as migrations, minorities, cultural and economic processes.
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