3 Questions, 3 Answers: Complex Patterns of Migration in Rural Europe

Coordinated by Dr. Stefan Kordel and Tobias Weidinger, both from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the MATILDE consortium examined the processes of immigration in European rural and mountain areas. Dr. Stefan Kordel, one of the editors of the report ‘Classification of MATILDE Regions’ (Deliverable 2.1) answered our questions about history, dynamics and economic aspects

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Borders For Social Justice

Borders of ‘places’ should not be drawn from above but should be the endogenous result of a policy process inspired by partial cosmopolitanism. Fabrizio Barca* (Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità) Natural borders are made up of faults, ridges, rivers, seas, cliffs; In short, of the ruggedness of our land. Territorial borders and encroachments

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A new compulsion to locality*

Mobility, proximity and the role of rural and mountain areas after the Covid-19 crisis. Andrea Membretti** In 2002 the sociologist John Urry defined contemporary man as subject with two fundamental drives: the compulsion to mobility and the compulsion to proximity. Although communication technology allows many of us to avoid the majority

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First Light: Migration in the Swiss Alps

I believe that in time, if cultures can embrace their differences, be it language, color, traditions or spirituality, they will see that the other is a human being just like them, with the same hopes and desires about building a life and living in peace.  Lavonne Bosman* In 2016, I had

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Europe has a regional heart

Let’s put rural and mountain areas at the centre of EU policies.Andrea Membretti (MATILDE Scientific Coordinator) The regions (“regioni”, “régions”, “regions”, “Comunidades Autónomas”, “Länder”, “voivodati” or “peripheries”)  –as institutions in-between State and local governments– have been assuming a leading role in the process of European integration in the recent past. Nearing

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