About the project
Although immigration and the integration and participation of migrants is a key issue for the future of communities in the countryside, it wasn’t just with the mass arrival of refugees in 2015 and 2016 that this became a hot topic. For years, rural regions have been contemplating the demographic change, its ramifications for life in smaller communities, and the community itself as a social space. Many townships are aware that their development depends strongly on their ability to tap existing potential and attract new residents. The question of (new) population distribution is equally relevant for large cities: In metropolitan areas, there is a shortage of housing, prices are going up, and integration is becoming more and more of a challenge in sometimes considerably fragmented urban societies. Compared to cities, and especially to metropolitan regions, rural areas have their own specific issues when it comes to migration, integration, and diversity, which also impact how newcomers are integrated and enabled to participate in social life. The “Land.Zuhause.Zukunft – Integration und Teilhabe von Neuzuwanderern in ländlichen Räumen” program (Country.Home.Future – integration and participation of immigrants/newcomers in rural areas) aims to develop and enhance innovative and viable approaches to the integration and participation of migrants in rural regions.