Call for papers, IMISCOE 16th Annual IMISCOE Conference June 26-28, 2019 Malmö University, Sweden

IMISCOE June 26-28, 2019 Malmö, deadline for abstract 26 Nov 2018

Proposed panel: Youth migration and new spatial inequalities

Panel conveners

Dr Aija Lulle, Loughborough University a.lulle@lboro.ac.uk

Dr Elisabeth Gruber, University of Vienna, elisabeth.gruber@univie.ac.at


Socio-spatial inequalities are among the key driving forces of migration. While immigration is almost always in a spotlight of academic research and practical engagement, emigration greatly impacts places all around the world. In this panel we focus on how regional and local actors address challenges caused by emigration.


More specifically, young people everywhere in the world show a high potential to migrate. But from some places it is considerably higher than from others, resulting in depopulation and rapid ageing. Also, places with lower fertility rates are increasingly depend on a positive migration balance. For example, European Union with its ‘free’ mobility can become increasingly unbalanced in demographic terms of ‘youth resources’. The topic of youth migration is therefore deeply interwoven with qualities and possibilities in places which young migrants leave behind.


In the proposed session, we seek for contributions which address but are not limited to the following questions:


       What regions and localities lack and what regions and localities offer in order to attract young people?

       Is there a competition between regions to attract young people? What incentives are offered and for whom – locals, migrants or both?

       How local communities, national and international governance bodies play a role in attracting young people to depopulating regions and places? How successful are those policies? What are expectations and potential outcomes of such policies?

       Young people’s own perspectives: why they are staying and why they are leaving certain places? Which social, cultural and/or financial constraints play the major role in decision making to stay, leave or return?


Please send you abstracts, max 250 words to both conveners by 26 November 2018.

Submissions will be considered for a volume, dedicated to this topic.

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