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Women and Migration in Rural Europe

Labour Markets, Representations and Policies

  • Karin Wiest

Part of the New Geographies of Europe book series (NGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Women and Migration in Rural Europe — Explanations and Implications

  3. Gendered Representations and Perceptions of the Rural

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 24-24
    2. Mireia Baylina, Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon, Ana María Porto, Isabel Salamaña, Montserrat Villarino
      Pages 25-43
  4. Rural Labour Markets for Women — Restrictions and Opportunities

  5. Women’s Living Situations in Rural Areas and Gender-Related Policies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-257

About this book


Fundamental societal changes in the globalising European countryside impact women's migration decisions. The chapters in this volume represent diverse attempts to explain women's movements from rural areas, taking prevailing labour market conditions as well as gender relations into account. Utilising empirical findings from countries including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Spain, this collection particularly aims to build bridges between research following the 'cultural turn' and functionalist explanations which refer to material and practiced ruralities.
The international range of contributors to Women and Migration in Rural Europe focus on societal constructions of gender and rurality, and in doing so, address various female perspectives on rural life. The analysis of the different working and living conditions in different parts of rural Europe reveals distinct obstacles but also prospects for young women. Importantly, the book includes policy implications with respect to the challenges of demographic change, questions of gender equality and women's contribution to rural development.


Rural development gender labour markets migration women Europe rural idyll post-modernity quality of life gender equality female entrepreneurship geography human geography demography Poland Spain Germany Austria Romania Hungary Human geography labor market mobility

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin Wiest
    • 1
  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyGermany

About the editors

Karin Wiest is Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on socio-spatial processes in urban and rural Europe. She has led and participated in several EU-funded research projects focusing on female migration, demographic change and regional development.

Bibliographic information


“It is a valuable contribution to current debates on gender and rural migration. … book is an academic writing with solid arguments, and it is easily readable at the same time. Illustrations are also of high quality. The volume contains 16 figures, 13 maps, 14 tables, photographs and interview quotes as well, which are all detailed, accurate and informative. The book is highly recommended to all, especially to scholars and policy-makers in the field of gender, rural and migration issues.” (Szabolcs Fabula, Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, Vol. 65 (3), 2016)