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Keeping youth in communities: Education and out-migration in the South West

  • Year: 2001
  • Author: Robyn Eversole
  • Journal Name: Rural Society Journal
  • Journal Number: 11.2
  • Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
  • ISBN: 1037-1656
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

The out-migration of youth is a particular concern facing rural communities.

A study of eight communities in the Blackwood region of South Western Australia demonstrates the key role of educational availability in encouraging the out-migration of people, especially young people, from rural areas. The study also highlights difficulties involved in university study for people who do not reside in a metropolitan area.

Finally, the study suggests three possible ways that access to educational services can be increased for people in rural towns: via innovative delivery styles, diversification of the client base, and differentiation of educational products.

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