Assessing the Social Impact of Immigration in Europe
Renegotiating Remoteness
Jussi P. Laine, University of Eastern Finland
Daniel Rauhut, Institute for Applied Research of Ageing, Austria
Marika Gruber, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Edward Elgar Publishing 2023

About the book
Focusing on the social impact of migration, this book explores migration as an inevitable part of rural development and transition in light of the sharp political divides in European and national political arenas on the topic. It provides an innovative immigration impact assessment based on recently conducted empirical work to enhance local development in European rural and remote regions, looking to promote change in the perception of migration and related policies and practices.

The book concentrates on third country nationals (TCNs), considering the spaces in which TCNs settle down as both the input and output of a process of collective production of places. Chapters analyse how the particular traits of rural and remote contexts interact with TCNs’ integration paths and impact, looking at how demographic trends, socio-economic dynamics and migration patterns to a specific region affect the opportunities, policy responses, societal attitudes and perceptions towards TCNs.

With empirically grounded recommendations and advice on strategies and solutions to improve the local governance of migration, this book will be a useful tool for European policymakers. It will also be an informative and interesting read for regional studies, governance and human geography scholars focusing on migration.

Publication Date: 15 June 2023  | ISBN: 9781803927695

About the editors

Jussi P. Laine is a professor of multidisciplinary border studies at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland, holding the title of Docent of Human Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is the President of the World Social Science Association and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Political Geography.

Daniel Rauhut is affiliated researcher at Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and research associate at Institute for Applied Research of Ageing, Villach, Austria. He is also part of board member of Nordic section of ERSA.

Marika Gruber is senior researcher & lecturer at the School of Management and teaches Inter- and Transculturalism at the Disability & Diversity Studies programme. She is deputy head of the Dept. “Demographic Change and Regional Development” at the Institute for Applied Research on Ageing and is member of the research group “Transformative Societal Political & Cultural Engagement”. Her research focus is on migration & integration politics and governance, social inclusion and participatory research.

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