PopDigests Policy Briefs Discussion Papers Policy Insights Books and Reports Yearbook Related Content Event - Intergenerational transfers by pro-elderly welfare states in a child-oriented Europe Event - DigClass Kick-Off Workshop Event - Gender equality, family change and family policy: new theoretical developments Books and Reports - Global Political Demography: The Politics of Population Change Books and Reports - Parents’ attitudes to their children’s partner choice: a century of change Books and Reports - Gender and Migration Data: A guide for evidence-based, gender-responsive migration governance Policy Brief A Long-Term Vision for the Development of Rural Areas in Europe Insights from demography 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. Author(s) 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.