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Rural Residence: Dreams for the Future and Foreseen Obstacles by Young Adults From the Netherlands

Rural Residence: Dreams for the Future and Foreseen Obstacles by Young Adults From the Netherlands AbstractThis paper examines the dreams for the future of young adults in Midden-Noord-Brabant and Zeeland, the Netherlands. Through 274 qualitative surveys and focus groups with 12 participants, it explores their dreams for the future, the obstacles they foresee in realising these dreams, and the influence of these obstacles on their stated life plans. The findings reveal a preference for areas outside settlements in residential dreams. Limited housing and career opportunities are identified as foreseen obstacles. These obstacles shape participants' stated life plans, which become more urban-oriented. Removing these obstacles can facilitate the realisation of rural residential dreams and promote rural areas as attractive areas to settle for new generations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Countryside de Gruyter

Rural Residence: Dreams for the Future and Foreseen Obstacles by Young Adults From the Netherlands

European Countryside , Volume 15 (3): 19 – Sep 1, 2023
19 pages

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2023 Maarten C. J. Koreman, published by Sciendo
ISSN
1803-8417
eISSN
1803-8417
DOI
10.2478/euco-2023-0021
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper examines the dreams for the future of young adults in Midden-Noord-Brabant and Zeeland, the Netherlands. Through 274 qualitative surveys and focus groups with 12 participants, it explores their dreams for the future, the obstacles they foresee in realising these dreams, and the influence of these obstacles on their stated life plans. The findings reveal a preference for areas outside settlements in residential dreams. Limited housing and career opportunities are identified as foreseen obstacles. These obstacles shape participants' stated life plans, which become more urban-oriented. Removing these obstacles can facilitate the realisation of rural residential dreams and promote rural areas as attractive areas to settle for new generations.

Journal

European Countrysidede Gruyter

Published: Sep 1, 2023

Keywords: young adults; dreams for the future; life plans; rural-urban migration; rural housing

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