Published: September 2016
Author(s): Michael Woods

International migration in rural areas has become an increasingly important process in Europe that acquires the potential to act as a key factor in the change in the spaces involved. The first results obtained so far document the patterns of international migration and the experiences of migrants, but this emerging body of literature is fragmented and fragmented among various studies that, at different regional scales, focus on some specific types of migration. This work aims to build a more holistic perspective based on the knowledge provided by three research projects that collectively have studied multiple dimensions of migration in various European study cases. General characteristics of contemporary international migration in rural areas that denote the complexity of migratory processes and their impacts, which put into question many of the pre-established perceptions of migration in rural areas. It also presents the impact of international migration on receiving localities, and in particular, the potential contribution that this international migration to regional development considers.