While urban population all over Europe has been growing, rural areas suffer from depopulation. Beyond the challenges presented by the migration crisis, migrants’ arrivals in rural contexts serve great opportunities for rural regeneration, by re-populating abandoned areas and fostering new economic and social growth. Cultural and natural heritage can function as an inestimable channel for ensuring a real and lasting inclusion of newcomers within local communities. Local traditions, languages, art and crafts or gastronomy spur the process of integration and then leading to regeneration.

Rural heritage hubs