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Project News: REMINDER research results show that cross-border mobility has transformed the Austrian-Slovak and Austrian-Hungarian border regions

1 October 2018


Along the borders between the “old“ and the ”new” EU, where sizable differences in income and economic development persists, cross-border commuting and other forms of economically based cross-border relations have become increasingly relevant, research shows.

ICMPD’S analysis on cross-border mobilities in the Austrian-Hungarian and Austrian-Slovak border regions – which has been undertaken as part of the H2020 REMINDER project – asks how cross-border mobility has developed there after the demise of the “Iron Curtain”, the accession of the “new” EU Member States, and the abolition of border controls. It examines what effects experts see on these border regions, and considers the future of cross-border mobility in this area.

While mobility still is mainly unidirectional from Slovakia and Hungary to Austria, the urban region of Bratislava is also experiencing a slight growth of West-East mobility. As the report shows, development processes in the border regions have been complex, and a multitude of mobilities has developed. While in general, persistent differences in employment opportunities and income levels and specific regional economic and spatial opportunity structures shape cross-border mobility, the differences between the Austrian-Slovak and the Austrian-Hungarian border region highlight the essential role of the regional context, in particular the existence of dynamic urban centres, for the development of cross-border mobility.

 

Details of the research results in the latest working paper can be found here.

Read the latest blog on the research results on the dedicated REMINDER website here.