The concept of Cultures of Migration tries to explain social climates in which it has become normative for young people to leave. They are often associated with rural spaces, but can affect urban regions as well. This panel collects papers engaging with various aspects of Cultures of Migration.
The concept of Cultures of Migration offers a perspective on out-migration both from rural regions and from shrinking cities. Its gaze goes beyond structural reasons in explaining population loss, as it rather tries to grasp the effects and the development of a social climate of hopelessness in which it becomes normative for the young to migrate. The expected life-path of a young person in a region with a Culture of Migration does include abandoning the region. At the same time, the ambitions of those staying behind and therefore deviating from this model are denigrated as illegitimate. Past research was amongst others conducted in Mexico (Kandel/Massey 2002), India (Ali 2007), and Morocco (Heering et al. 2004). In this panel we want to gather contributions from researchers engaging with various phenomenons that can be understood through a lens sharpened by this concept. Topics may for instance include research on out-migration from rural spaces with a Culture of Migration, youth mobilities and Cultures of Migration, the effects of Cultures of Migration on shrinking cities, the experience of making a region with a Culture of Migration your home, the reception of refugees in rural regions with a Culture of Migration, being young in a Culture of Migration, indigenous youth in areas with a Culture of Migration, and moreover also papers on the theoretical difficulties of the concept, like the possible entanglements between it and the stigmatization of rural spaces.