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Based on a critique of statistical and cartographic analyses of migration patterns of young adults in rural areas of Central Germany, we conclude that there is an emergence of cultures of (out-)migration in some rural regions and discuss possible approaches from psychoanalytically informed migration research and complex systems theory that may help us to understand why, in these regions, adolescents often consider leaving the most viable option.
GH | Articles | Volume 76, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 76, 335–345, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-76-335-2021

Special issue: (Re)Thinking population geography

Geogr. Helv., 76, 335–345, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-76-335-2021

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On the role of cultures of (out-)migration in the migration decisions of young people in shrinking regions of Central Germany

Frank Meyer and Tim Leibert

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Based on a critique of statistical and cartographic analyses of migration patterns of young adults in rural areas of Central Germany, we conclude that there is an emergence of cultures of (out-)migration in some rural regions and discuss possible approaches from psychoanalytically informed migration research and complex systems theory that may help us to understand why, in these regions, adolescents often consider leaving the most viable option.
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