The out-migration of young people is an ongoing challenge across much of the rural UK, indeed across many OECD countries. This is particularly the case in remote rural areas, from which young people may migrate as a result of limited educational or employment provision, a lack of affordable housing and poor transport options. Combined with an in-migration of older people to rural areas, the rural population of the UK is ageing faster than the population of urban areas.
In this project we are exploring the reasons for, and impacts of, youth out-migration from two case study communities - Glendale in North Northumberland and Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway. Both communities have experienced the out-migration of young people in recent years and have highlighted this as a priority issue to be tackled.
Both communities have well-established community initiatives - the Glendale Gateway Trust in North Northumberland and the Langholm Initiative in eastern Dumfries and Galloway. These two organisations, along with SRUC's Rural Policy Centre, form the key partners in this project.
The project is funded by Northumberland National Park Authority (Sustainable Development Fund), Dumfries and Galloway LEADER, The Holywood Trust and Magnox.
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