How immigrants revitalise rural villages
Immigrants are helping to keep alive farming villages and other rural settlements that would have otherwise collapsed from depopulation and/or ageing. The mountainous Pyrenees region, which unites France and Spain, is no exception. Immigrants have revitalised some local societies of Pyrenean municipalities with fewer than 2 000 residents. The EU-funded SURDIM project will explore international immigration in the rural setting of the Pyrenees. It will study the immigrant pathways of labour and economic incorporation in the French and Spanish Pyrenean municipalities to identify sustainable economic projects managed or supported by immigrants, and present successful experiences in terms of rural development. Desktop research and interviews with immigrants will be conducted to shed new light on how immigration supports sustainable rural development.
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