2010 | 59 | 2 | 57-76
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Socio-demographic imbalances in rural Europe and international mobility to rural areas: the case of Greece

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This paper discusses the expanding phenomenon of international mobility to the rural areas of Europe. First it extends the theoretical discussion of international mobility to rural regions and presents comparatively the ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ European models of migration as well as the implications of these migration flows upon the rural areas of Europe. The paper moves to the case of Greece presenting research results related to the implications of the migratory phenomenon upon the rural economy and society and to the issues of migrant mobility and integration. Finally, the paper projects the implications of the present economic crisis upon the migrant populations and their countries of origin and raises issues of policy to counter depopulation trends and to support rural sustainability.
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