There has been a lot of talk in Germany about the problem of rural depopulation as more and more people head for the larger cities. But according to a study carried out by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, others are taking advantage of the possibilities for remote working and moving to so-called urban villages.
The study looked at 18 communal living projects around Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig.
“Many of these people are digital nomads who can do their laptop-based work just as well in Brandenburg as in Berlin,” says the institute director Reiner Klingholz.
Some of the villages concerned have co-working spaces open to all of the urban exiles, many of whom wanted to move to the countryside to raise families.
Nonetheless, this micro-trend remains very much the exception to the rule, as the numbers of those forsaking urban areas is dwarfed by that of people moving to larger cities.