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  • SEMIGRA - Selective Migration and Unbalanced Sex Ratio in Rural Regions

    Thematic scope

    Many rural and economically weak regions in Europe are affected by demographic shrinkage and selective migration. Evidence suggests that especially young and highly educated women are among those leaving peripheral regions, resulting in an unbalanced population base. This is believed to have a negative effect on the liveability, attractiveness and the competitiveness of areas. The outmigration of young adults is regarded as both a cause and an indicator for economic and social fragility.

    Against this background the SEMIGRA project seeks to identify the main reasons and consequences of selective migration in rural regions.

    The aim of the project is to develop strategies for territorial development in order to deal with selective migration and to stabilize demographic and social development.

    Please read more about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged.


    • Ministry for Regional Development and Transport, Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency Non-profit Ltd., Hungary
    • NORDA Regional Development Agency of North Hungary Non-profit Ltd. Liability Company, Hungary
    • Joint Authority of Kainuu Region, Finland
    • County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, Sweden

    Lead Partner

    Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    Budget: € 335 586.00

    Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – August 2012

    Delivery of Reports
    Inception Report: 2 March 2011
    Interim Report: 30 September 2011
    Draft Final Report: 30 March 2012
    Final Report: 31 May 2012

    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

    More information
    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Ann-Gritt PANNENBORG (NEUSE), e-mail:

    Name Type Size
    Final Report ZIP 19.30 MB
    Draft Final Report ZIP 20.20 MB
    Interim Report PDF 7.21 MB
    Inception Report PDF 1.17 MB
    Project Specification PDF 76.06 KB
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