Multinational villages in the Euroregion Rhine-Waal

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In recent history it became easier for people to cross the border and to settle in a neighbouring country. Many Dutch citizens, and especially those in the border region, moved to Germany. Border regions create a phenomenon of villages with a mixed German-Dutch population that in their lives are not mixed. In some cases this goes beyond not mixing: Kranenburg is known for its Dutch quarter with Dutch people living their lives in The Netherlands. In contrast to Kranenburg, the focus on (national) identity seems not to exist in Elten. Why does the living together work in one place, and not in the other? This was researched by using the main research question: How do different societal, historical and location aspects influence the success of two different national identities living together in one village in a border region? The societal, historical and location aspects all play a role in the success of two national identities living together in one village in a border region, but the negative effects can all be overcome and the positive effects can all be nullified. Time (in combination to the surroundings during that time) can be the bridge that is needed to overcome differences and make successful multinational living together possible. Time can also be a brake on successful multinational living together.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen