Victims or resources? Migrants and shrinking areas in the post-Covid-19 society

Irene Ponzo and Ferruccio Pastore, 30th May 2020

This brief analysis has been produced in the framework of the H2020 project Welcoming Spaces (Investing in “welcoming spaces” in Europe: revitalising shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants, which investigates local, bottom-up initiatives that stimulate the integration of migrants, while revitalising rural regions that currently face severe population and economic decline. With the purpose of better understanding how the current pandemic could impact the dynamics addressed by the project, this contribution highlights some major challenges and opportunities generated by Covid-19 for migrants’ mobility and integration and for the revitalization of shrinking areas.

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