Rural migration, work, and social exclusion
Mike Danson (Professor of Scottish and Regional Economics) has collaborated with Ross Brown (Scottish Enterprise) and Birgit Jentsch to look at different dimensions of migration, especially in island and rural areas. As most migration research is focused on cities and urban areas, this work is offering insights into how recent inflows into island communities contrasts with these traditional destinations. Difficulties with data and disaggregation of statistics for islands and rural regions present challenges for analysis but international benchmarks and cooperation have led to books, chapters and journal articles on a variety of topics. Comparing how refugees and labour migrants fare respectively in different rural contexts, along with other dimensions of inclusion and exclusion, have been core to this research, and this has identified significant changes in how work is being reorganised in businesses in non-urban settings across the developed world.
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