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II. General Objectives

   It is the intention of the study group to examine those forms of human mobility that may be related to the processes of global change, to the new forms of investment, local development and to social and cultural behaviour. These take place within the framework of the following processes:

a) The internationalisation of economic activities leads to new forms of short term labour mobility, amongst them intra-company cross-border transfers within transnational companies, participation in international training and promotional activities, and conference and exhibition attendance. A distinctive feature of such forms of mobility is the way in which they combine economic, social and cultural functions. There is a globalisation of information and knowledge which both favours and is stimulated by international mobility.

b) New forms of leisure, recreation, free time and tourism have provided the bases for the transformation of specific urban and rural areas and therefore constitute the leading sectors in strategies for the development and restructuring of urban and rural regions.

c) Changes in the knowledge, use and valuation of global resources, and the restructuring of industrial activity, that have transformed traditional patterns of labour mobility.

d) Changes in the working hours, organisation and flexibility of labour activities, and in the organisational and institutional structure of pensions favour the process of internationalisation of consumption, including retailing and retirement.

   The shift from mobility driven by labour migration dependent on the organisation of production to mobility generated by activities that are prevalently consumer driven concerns virtually all the regions of the world as they both originate and are the destination of these movements.




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