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Demographic, Economic And Institutional Shrinkage – From The Perspective Of Rural Areas In Germany

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European research on regional development in the last two decades has emphasized the decrease in spatial disparities between states, but attention has also been drawn to the increase in disparities at the intrastate regional level. And since the beginning of the 1990s, new patterns of mobility have emerged, based on international migration, net internal migration between eastern and western Germany, as well as globalization and specific consumption habits. Rural areas in East Germany - in contrast to areas in West Germany-had suffered some loss of population already for four decades; but after 1990 population decline started to constitute the general trend in East Germany. There is currently a demographization of political, social, infrastructural and economic problems. A considerable part of rural regions in northeastern Germany suffers from processes of peripherization.

Keywords: demographization; Germany; peripherization; rural areas



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