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

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Rural Society, ISSN: 1037-1656, Vol: 11, Issue: 2, Page: 85-98

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Eversole, Robyn
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis Ltd
Business, Management and Accounting; Education
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The out-migration of youth is a particular concern facing rural communities. A study of eight communities in the Blackwood region of Southwestern 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. © 2001 eContent Management Pty Ltd.