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On the role of cultures of (out-)migration in the migration decisions of young people in shrinking regions of Central Germany

Title :
On the role of cultures of (out-)migration in the migration decisions of young people in shrinking regions of Central Germany
Authors :
F. Meyer
T. Leibert
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Subject Terms :
Human ecology. Anthropogeography
GF1-900
Geography (General)
G1-922
Cartography
GA101-1776
Source :
Geographica Helvetica, Vol 76, Pp 335-345 (2021)
Publisher :
Copernicus Publications, 2021.
Publication Year :
2021
Document Type :
article
File Description :
electronic resource
Language :
German
English
French
Italian
ISSN :
0016-7312
2194-8798
Relation :
https://gh.copernicus.org/articles/76/335/2021/gh-76-335-2021.pdf; https://doaj.org/toc/0016-7312; https://doaj.org/toc/2194-8798
DOI :
10.5194/gh-76-335-2021
Access URL :
https://doaj.org/article/ee4a7e21fde04ba0869815d52d35eb34
Accession Number :
edsdoj.4a7e21fde04ba0869815d52d35eb34
Academic Journal
The patterns, motivations, and consequences of the outmigration of young adults from rural areas is a classic topic in population geography. In our paper, we first take a critical look at statistical analyses and cartographic representations of migration patterns of young adults in rural areas using Central Germany1 as an example, stressing the shortcomings of quantitative analyses of residential mobility. We argue that migration is a complex social process, taking place as the result of the interplay of demographic, socio-structural, political, economic, and production-related factors involving the mobile individuals, as well as other actors, discourses, and practices. Following this, we discuss the emergence of cultures of (out-)migration in rural areas characterised by heightened mobility over longer periods of time and possible approaches to analyse such regional phenomena. We hence aim at a deepening of the concept of “culture of migration” and an expansion of the debate on motives and practices of migration to include psychological approaches, as well as a complex systems perspective.
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