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Emigrating to Depopulated Regions in Mediterranean Europe: Demographic Impact and Choice of Destination in a Case Study in North-East Spain (Aragon)


  • Palacios Adrián
  • Pinilla Vicente
  • Silvestre Javier

    (PhD. candidate, Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain ; Prof. Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain and Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragon (IA2), ; Prof. Department of Applied Economics and IEDIS, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)


International migration to depopulated areas is a growing field of research; even more so in Spain, one of the European countries most affected by depopulation. This paper analyses, first, the demographic impact of immigration from other countries in Aragon, which has undergone an intense and long process of depopulation throughout most of its territory. Second, we examine the factors that explain the immigrants’ choice of destination. The analysis focuses on the period 2000–2016. The basic territorial units of the analysis are the municipality (NUTS 5) and the county (NUTS 4).

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  • Palacios Adrián & Pinilla Vicente & Silvestre Javier, 2022. "Emigrating to Depopulated Regions in Mediterranean Europe: Demographic Impact and Choice of Destination in a Case Study in North-East Spain (Aragon)," European Countryside, Sciendo, vol. 14(2), pages 258-280, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:eurcou:v:14:y:2022:i:2:p:258-280:n:9
    DOI: 10.2478/euco-2022-0013

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    1. Marta Gallardo & Julio Fernández-Portela & David Cocero & Lara Vilar, 2023. "Land Use and Land Cover Changes in Depopulated Areas of Mediterranean Europe: A Case Study in Two Inland Provinces of Spain," Land, MDPI, vol. 12(11), pages 1-15, October.


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