Institute of Rural Studies

Deputy Director


Anja Herkner

Bundesallee 64
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 5501
Fax: +49 531 596 5599

Institute of Rural Economics

Deputy Director

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Rural Youth


Rural Youth (c) Thünen-Institut
Rural Youth: Between Out-migration and Volunteering (© Thünen-Institut)

Rural Youth: Between Out-migration and Volunteering

The future of rural areas in Germany is, to a high degree, dependent on the youths who live there. There is a chance that young people will stay if they feel their region is worth living in and has the potential to develop. If not, chances are high that especially the young and mobile generation will leave.

Background and Objective

The project analyses the living situation of young people in rural areas in Germany and their perspectives on the future


Assuming that the regional conditions influence young people's chances and problems, six differently developed regions from east and west Germany were studied. The regions under focus were Friedland in Mecklenburg West Pomerania, Krummhörn in Lower Saxony, Grimma in Saxony, Furth in Bavaria, Königsee in Thuringia und Meßkirch in Baden-Wurttemberg.

Data and Methods

2,662 young people between the ages of 14 to 18 participated in a standardized online survey, shortly before their graduation from different types of schools


Young People in Rural Areas between Staying and Leaving - living situations and future concepts of young people in six regions in Germany, Thünen Report No 12, 08/2013

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Involved Thünen-Partners

Project Members

  • Dr. Stephan Beetz
  • Dr. Claudia Neu


10.2007 - 12.2012

More Information

Projekt type:
Project status: finished

Publications to the project

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  1. Becker H, Moser A (2013) Jugend in ländlichen Räumen zwischen Bleiben und Abwandern - Lebenssituation und Zukunftspläne von Jugendlichen in sechs Regionen in Deutschland. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 140 p, Thünen Rep 12, DOI:10.3220/REP_12_2013
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