This open access publication is the result of the empirical work conducted by the Horizon 2020 Project MATILDE. Focusing on the social impact of migration, it explores migration as an inevitable part of rural development and transition in light of the sharp political divides in European and national political arenas on the topic. It provides an innovative immigration impact assessment to enhance local development in European rural and remote regions, looking to promote change in the perception of migration and related policies and practices.
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Edited by Jussi P. Laine, Professor of Multidisciplinary Border Studies, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Daniel Rauhut, Affiliated Researcher, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and Research Associate, Institute for Applied Research of Ageing, Villach, Austria and Marika Gruber, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, School of Management, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria.
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80392 768 8 Extent: 274 pp
The book concentrates on third country nationals (TCNs), considering the spaces in which TCNs settle down as both the input and output of a process of collective production of places. Chapters analyse how the particular traits of rural and remote contexts interact with TCNs’ integration paths and impact, looking at how demographic trends, socio-economic dynamics and migration patterns to a specific region affect the opportunities, policy responses, societal attitudes and perceptions towards TCNs.
With empirically grounded recommendations and advice on strategies and solutions to improve the local governance of migration, this book will be a useful tool for European policymakers. It will also be an informative and interesting read for regional studies, governance and human geography scholars focusing on migration.
‘With this book, the researchers of the MATILDE project fill an important research gap. Through the diversity of the case studies, the range of opportunities and challenges experienced in remote areas through third-country nationals is impressively exemplified. The book is a valuable addition to the literature, especially for migration studies and rural studies.’
– Birte Nienaber, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Chapter 1: On the potential of immigration for the remote areas of Europe: an introduction
Jussi P. Laine, Daniel Rauhut,and Marika Gruber
Part I: Recognition, renegotiation, revitalisation
Chapter 2: Appropriate housing in rural and mountain areas? Current structures and practices of access for immigrants – the case of Alpine regions in Austria and Germany
Stefan Kordel, Tobias Weidinger, Ingrid Machold, and Marika Gruber
Chapter 3: Labour market shortages and exclusion practices: the irrationalities of the labour markets and the legislation
Marika Gruber, Kathrin Zupan, Nuria del Olmo-Vicén, and Raúl Lardiés-Bosque
Chapter 4: Long-term needs to achieve social inclusionary pathways for migrants
Ingrid Machold, Thomas Dax, and Lisa Bauchinger
Chapter 5: Russian-speaking immigrants’ vulnerable transnational family lives on the border: the case of North Karelia
Pirjo Pöllänen, Lauri Havukainen, and Olga Davydova-Minguet
Chapter 6: De/re/bordering remoteness in times of crisis: migration for reterritorialization and revitalization of a remote region
Chapter 7: Migrating to Scottish insular communities: how remoteness affects integration by shaping borders and identities
Maria Luisa Caputo, Michele Bianchi, and Simone Baglioni
Part II: Challenges for policy and governance
Chapter 8: The impact of foreign immigrants on the revitalization of rural areas in Spain
Raúl Lardiés-Bosque and Nuria del Olmo-Vicén
Chapter 9: Access to welfare policies by immigrants: comparing centralized and decentralized governance in the examples of Turkey and Spain
Pınar Uyan Semerci, Fatma Yılmaz Elmas, Raúl Lardiés-Bosque, and Nuria del Olmo-Vicén
Chapter 10: The local turn in migrant practices in Turkey: Syrians in Bursa
Chapter 11: Immigrant integration in Austria and Sweden: a patchwork of multilevel governance and fragmented responsibilities
Marika Gruber and Daniel Rauhut
Chapter 12: ‘A spanner in the works’: exploring the relationship between provision of welfare and integration in rural areas
Susanne Stenbacka and Tina Mathisen
Chapter 13: Structures, trends and turning points of Norwegian and Swedish integration policies
Ulf Hansson, Deniz Akin, Zuzana Macuchova, and Per Olav Lund
Chapter 14: Conclusions: renegotiated remoteness and the social impact of immigration
Daniel Rauhut, Jussi P. Laine, and Marika Gruber
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