When the World goes Rural - International Migration Flows changing Swedish Countryside?

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Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 5265000 SEK


Since the 1970s there has been migration flows (in waves) from urban areas to specific parts of the countryside. The gross migration figures show an increased tendency of downsizing in relation to living preferences among various groups of people. The figures also show a deficit of multiculturality in rural areas and countrysides. This project aims at analysing the underexamined aspects of international migration to rural areas. The overall research question for this project is two folded: A) How are Swedish rural areas influenced by international migration in terms of transnational networks, demography, entre-preneurship and gender? and B) How do foreign born people perceive life in rural Sweden? The overall question is specified into four different aspects: The demographic impact of international migration flows in a Swedish countryside and a small town region in modern times; International networks impact on the new ruralities of Sweden in the sense of merging the rural everyday life and the international migrants’ biographies; Entrepreneurial opportunities and constraints regarding immigrants in rural areas; Transnational identities from the perspective of how spatial and place-specific experiences are perceived as bodily experiences and of how these affect the performances of in-migrants in eve-ryday life in rural areas.

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