Workshop “New migration processes and development in peripheral areas: status quo and strategies”

While many scholars recently focused on working migration in the EU context, the diversity of migration processes, including leisure or lifestyle oriented moves or, most recently, forced migration in terms of asylum seekers, changes societies both on a (supra)national, regional and even local scale. Small communities in peripheral rural areas often become focal points of implications of migration processes that challenges actors involved in integration, participation and spatial development.
The workshop aims to identify similarities and differences within new migration phenomena in various European countries. Migration processes to be discussed in the course of the workshop encompass lifestyle / amenity migration, migration of skilled workers and asylum seekers / refugees to small, peripheral municipalities. Topics include, but are not limited to implications on the housing market, local economies and social encounters. Moreover, governance of rural in-migration from an applied perspective could be discussed.

We are glad to announce some respective keynote speakers for the workshop, for instance: Prof. Susanne Stenbacka (Uppsala, Sweden), Prof. Dr. Raúl Lardiés (Zaragoza, Spain), Dr. Menelaos Gkartzios (Newcastle, UK), Dr. Joao Sardinha (Lisbon, Portugal).
For further paper presentations, we invite scholars from various subdisciplines of social sciences, such as human geography, sociology, anthropology, political sciences or spatial planning to send their proposals in English language (max. 300 words) until March, 30th, 2016 to
There will be no conference fee for active participants. We will provide the opportunity to publish the contributions in a special issue.

Dr. Stefan Kordel, Tobias Weidinger (both University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Igor Jelen (University of Trieste)

Important dates and venue:
March, 30th, 2016: Deadline for paper proposals May, 2nd-3rd: Workshop at University of Trieste, Gorizia Campus, Via d’Alviano, 18, 34170 Gorizia GO (Italy)