Co-ordinator: Frank Heins
The scientific context
The DEMIFER project aims to update and extend the analysis carried out within the ESPON project 1.1.4 ‘Spatial Effects of Demographic trends and migration’, concluded in 2005 by another group of trans-national researchers. The DEMIFER project covers a range of issues that are tied to demographic change and immigration, which have been studied in various European regions.
The DEMIFER project (Demographic and Migratory Flows Affecting European Regions and cities) meets the requirements set out in the ESPON call. The project’s aim is to increase knowledge on the interrelationship between population dynamics and socio-economic processes, producing information on the following aspects: the effects of demographic and migratory processes in regions and cities in Europe, the quantitative and qualitative aspects (human capital) of the labour force in the European regions, the importance of climate change for future migration fluxes.
Researchers involved in the project have expertise in the fields of demography, sociology, economics, geography and migration studies.
The regional data disseminated by Eurostat and national statistical offices will be subject to statistical analysis and results are presented in the form of tables, graphs and cartograms.
The research projects carried out under the ESPON program (European Spatial Planning Network) are designed to stimulate the formulation of policies to support competitiveness and cohesion in the European regions.
The main objective of the project is to identify the effects of demographic changes (low fertility, mortality and population aging) and interregional and international migration on social cohesion and competitiveness of regions and cities.
The DEMIFER project follows two lines of research. The first discusses the effects of demographic and migratory flows on the population’s number and structure and in particular on the Labour Force. The second line examines the possible impact of policies on demographic change and migration processes. The DEMIFER project intends to highlight the variability of urban and regional contexts with respect to population and migration dynamics and structure of the population and labour force.
Keywords: Population, Migration, territory