Rural Depopulation in Georgia: Regional and Municipal Levels of Analysis
Keywords:Rural Population Dynamics, Depopulation, Regional and Municipal Levels of Analysis
The statistical data analysis for 2014 and 2021 indicates that the population in Georgia has slightly increased. However, further in-depth regional analysis of population dynamics based on the type of settlement differentiation (urban/rural) reveals significant regional differences. The study of population change demonstrates a clear depopulation trend in rural settlements in light of general population growth on a national level. Moreover, this phenomenon is particularly critical in rural areas of specific regions and therefore has a regional dimension. The study will determine whether the rural depopulation tendency is due to the same regional factors. Intraregional population data for the research's target areas will also be analysed. As a result of the two-level analysis (using regional and municipal units/levels of analysis), the research will reveal the most suitable/appropriate level to study rural depopulation and plan relevant policy/policy interventions.
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