Wednesday, January 21, 2009


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

European Spatial Planning Observation Network [ESPON]

Territorial dynamics in Europe: Trends in population development

ESPON -Territorial Observations No 1 November 2008 [online 14 January 2009]
[full-text, 16 pages]

ESPON 2013 Programme
14 January 2009
Press Release No 01/2009
Migration plays a key role for population growth in European regions

ESPON has recently published the first issue of "Territorial Observation". This publication
provides concise information on important new evidence related to dynamics of population
development and migration in Europe and its regions. These dynamics have an influence on
territorial cohesion and regional competitiveness.

European demographic development is showing a number of positive trends which can contribute
to a positive regional economic development. However, the territorial pattern is not favourable for
all parts of Europe and all types of regions.

Peter Mehlbye, Director of the ESPON Coordination Unit, explains that the intention is to provide
policy makers engaged with regional competitiveness and territorial cohesion with comparable
evidence for their further policy process.

The ESPON Territorial Observation concludes with a summary of 13 key points, among them are:

- Regions with growing population both due to the positive natural and migratory balance
expanded considerably from 1996-1999 to 2001-2005.

- Regions facing depopulation are in decrease. The main challenge of depopulation seems to
concentrate in regions in the Eastern and Northern parts of Europe.

- Migration plays a key role for population growth in Europe and has counterbalanced the
impact of a negative natural population development in many regions.

- A trend of East-West polarisation of the pattern of demographic development is visible in
2001-2005, mostly due to negative migration balance in Eastern Europe.

The ESPON Territorial Observation No.1 on dynamics of population development and migration
in Europe and its regions, including 8 new European maps are available at the ESPON website

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Institute for Workplace Studies 
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