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

Meyer, Frank; Leibert, Tim

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 Germanynote-anchorfna_Ch1.Footn1#fn_Ch1.Footn11 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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Meyer, Frank / Leibert, Tim: On the role of cultures of (out-)migration in the migration decisions of young people in shrinking regions of Central Germany. 2021. Copernicus Publications.

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