PopDigests Policy Briefs Discussion Papers Policy Insights Books and Reports Yearbook Related Content Event - FemQuant anniversary event: Looking back, looking forward News - GGP kicks off GGP-5D project Pop Digest - Are two languages better than one? News - ERC Announced Starting Grant 2022 Principal Investigators Books and Reports - Storia demografica d'Italia News - 'How far have we come, and where are we headed? Reaching 8 billion humans on the planet' Recording Now on YouTube Policy Brief A Long-Term Vision for the Development of Rural Areas in Europe Insights from demography Population decline in rural areas has recently gained importance on the European Union’s (EU) agenda and is currently among the priorities related to demographic change for the Vice-President for Democracy and Demography of the European Commission. A previous Population Europe policy brief provided recommendations on how rural areas can respond to these population changes while offering a good quality of life (Lines, 2020). In this current policy brief, eminent demography scholars present key insights from the discipline, aiming to contribute to the current debates on the future of rural areas in Europe. Document Download Population & Policy Compact 27/2020 (543.36 KB) Image Key Messages Even if it is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for developing rural areas, some policy needs, such as access to health care and broadband Internet, are universal. Information and communications technology (ICT) skills should also be vastly promoted. Women in rural areas are an essential aspect for the development of these communities. Regions need to become more attractive for women in terms of employment, and social and political participation opportunities. The future development of many rural areas is highly dependent on whether their populations are willing to accept more population diversity, e.g. as a result of in-migration. Policy-making can help foster social contact between the native population and newcomers. Communities and local governments should provide more opportunities for all residents to be involved in the decision-making process. This gives them the chance to shape their towns and to create a sense of belonging. **Thank you to the Centre for Longitudinal Population Studies (Centar za longitudinalne populacijske studije, CLPS) for providing a summary of our policy brief in Croatian. References BiB (2018). Many Women Move Workplace Closer to Their Home after First Childbirth. Press Release of the German Federal Institute for Population Studies, 08/31/2018. Billari, F., Giuntella, O. & Stella, L. (2019). Broadband Internet, Fertility and Work from Home. Sociological Insights for Development Policy, 4(1): 1-2. Bock, B., Osti, G. & Ventura, F. (2016). "Rural Migration and New Patterns of Exclusion and Integration in Europe." In M. Shucksmith, D. Brown et al. (Eds), International Handbook for Rural Studies (N. Argent Ed., pp. 71–84). Routledge. Ermisch, J. & Mulder, C.H. (2019). Migration Versus Immobility, and Ties to Parents. European Journal of Population, 35: 587–608. Klüsener, S. (2006). Lebensgestaltungsmöglichkeiten,-strategien und-ziele ukrainischer Dorfschulabgänger im Kontext von Globalisierung und postsowjetischer Transformation: Zwei Fallstudien in der Zentral-und Südukraine. University of Freiburg, Freiburg. Lines, E. (2020). Demographic Change. Are equal living conditions falling to the wayside? Population & Policy Compact 24. Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe. Mulder, C. H., Lundholm, E. & Malmberg, G. (2020). Young adults' return migration from large cities in Sweden: The role of siblings and parents. Population, Space and Place, First Online (02 July 2020). https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2354 Recaño, J. (2017). The Demographic Sustainability of Empty Spain. Perspectives Demogràfiques, 7: 1-4. Rotondi, V., Kashyap, R., Pesando, L.M., Spinelli, S. & Billari, F.C. (2020). Leveraging mobile phones to attain sustainable development. PNAS, 117(24): 13413-13420. Rüger, H. & Viry, G. (2017). Work-related Travel over the Life Course and Its Link to Fertility: A Comparison between Four European Countries. European Sociological Review, 33(5): 645–660. Sander, N. (2014). Internal migration in Germany, 1995-2010: New insights into east-west migration and re-urbanisation. Comparative Population Studies, 39(2): 217-246. Additional Information Authors of Original Article Čipin Klüsener Recaño Valverde Ulceluse Source Čipin, I., Klüsener, S., Recaño, J. & Ulceluse, M. (2020). A Long-Term Vision for the Development of Rural Areas in Europe. Insights from demography. Population & Policy Compact 27, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.