The session aims to merge two ongoing discussions on opportunities and challenges of the development of mostly peripheral rural and Alpine areas: on the one hand there is the fact of a shortage of skilled labour, overageing and depletion of many rural, peripheral areas, on the other hand there is the recently intensified discussion about immigration and integration of labour migrants and asylum seekers. These two approaches will be discussed under the premise of welcome culture and good governance. Besides a short overview of the current demographic development in Alpine regions in Austria and Italy, the workshop intends to draw attention on how regions may react on these two topics via good practice examples from different regions in Upper Austria and Valle Maira (Piemonte) and Val Chiavenna (Lombardia) in Italy. Key issues to be discussed among others are the dis/advantages of a regional approach, relevance of co-operations between different key actors, motives of immigrants with various ethnic backgrounds to come and to stay in a region and the acceptance of locals.
Intervenants: Ingrid Machold, Bundesanstalt für Bergbauernfragen, Doris Hagspiel, Regional management organization Upper Austria, Andrea Membretti, University of Milan-Bicocca, Sarah Huber, SMArt (Sustainable Mountain Art)
Bundesanstalt für Bergbauernfragen
Contact: Ingrid Machold