to enhance Integration and Local Development in European rural and mountain regions
Migration plays a central role in demographic development throughout Europe. Although the effects and potentials of migration have already been investigated in some studies for rural regions (Machold et al. 2013; Kasimis 2010 etc.), most research focuses on urban areas. In the present project, the focus is on the social and economic impacts of migration processes in rural and mountain regions, which are examined both at the European level and in depth in 13 case studies.
The project aims to improve knowledge about the social and economic impacts of migration processes. The focus is on immigration of third-country nationals (especially refugees, economic migrants, family migration (family reunification) to rural and mountain regions. The analysis focuses on how migration affects local development and territorial cohesion in rural and mountain areas of Europe. The central aim is to improve the integration of third-country nationals while promoting local development.
Status of the project and work 2022
Despite slight delays due to COVID 19, internal reporting obligations were also successfully fulfilled in 2021. These include Austrian sub-reports of WP 3 "Social Impacts of Migration" and WP 4 "Economic Impacts of Migration", which were thus completed. In both WPs, a report on the quantitative indicators was prepared in cooperation with the other Austrian project and research partner, the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences, as well as a report on the qualitative social and economic impacts of migration for Vorarlberg and Carinthia based on numerous interviews and focus groups. In addition, the case study in Vorarlberg (WP 5) was worked on in greater depth in 2021. Together with the local partner okay.Zusammen leben, the focus is on analysing the structures and possibilities of social integration of refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2022, the work on WP 5 will be continued, including the analysis of interviews and the method of "social mapping" with local actors and refugees. In addition, work will be carried out in WP 6. This WP is primarily concerned with the development and processing of policy measures for the governance of migration and integration.
Start of the project: February 2020
End of the project: January 2023