There are simpler things than distinguishing urban and rural populations, but Austria’s new government programme got it completely wrong.
Although the population of Vienna is steadily increasing since 25 years, the city’s electorate is stagnating at the level of the early 1980s.
It can be a tough job to present a demographic story, especially when trying to attract the attention of an audience beyond academia.
As the case of Vienna shows, the continuous influx of international migrants during the last decades diversified the populations of many European cities.
German politicians – from Angela Merkel downwards – encourage young and skilled people from crisis-hit countries with high unemployment like Spain and Greece to move to Germany in order to mitigate its skilled labour shortage.