Migration and Mobility

Date: June 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. (CDT)/5:00 p.m. (CEST)

Session Overview

Migration in and out of  rural areas has been the subject of ongoing academic and policy discussion and debates for decades. These debates have  been amplified as nations states in the global North in particular have been preoccupied with the impact of changing population trends, associated with a growing elderly  population, declining fertility rates and high rates of outward mobility of the economically active population. Impacts on  rural labour markets  characterised by predominantly precarious work and  concerns about the  sustainability  of rural communities have led to a growing emphasis on encouraging migration.

The overall aim of this session is to facilitate  participants’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of  the key issues associated with rural migration  discourses in general with a view to critically  examining  and comparing the migration-rural development nexus across different national contexts.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the main factors and trends  that have led to an increased  emphasis on different types of migration /mobilities in rural areas  across different national contexts
  • Evaluate  the factors that drive different forms of rural migration /mobilities
  • Identify and critically analyse the policy responses and initiatives associated  with increasing migration in rural areas across national contexts
  • Assess  the evidence on the relationship between migration and rural development


  • Lidia Carvajal, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
  • Philomena de Lima , University of the Highlands & Islands, Scotland
  • Elisa Iori, Universita di Bologna, Italy
  • Sarah Low, University of Missouri, USA
  • Matteo Masotti, Universita di Bologna, Italy


  • Mendoza, E. and Diaz, E. 2008. Are remittances a source of saving and investment in Mexico? A regional analysis of the households’ behavior. El colegio de la Frontera Norte. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2061875?seq=1