Migration and Settlement Policy in Post-war Europe: A Case Study of the West Pomeranian Region
Purpose: The aim of the article is to recognize and comprehend the role of settlement issues as a factor influencing the shaping of the region and regional policy, using the specific example of West Pomerania. Design/Methodology/Approach: The primary research tools utilized in the article were the method of critical analysis of the literature and the observational method employing arguments in favor of generalized statements. Additionally, methods of induction and deduction, as well as generalizations and synthesis, were applied. Findings: The conducted considerations allowed for the identification of specific challenges related to resettlement and settlement issues, such as depopulation in certain areas or the necessity to adapt infrastructure to the increasing number of residents in others. Practical Implications: The considerations conducted can serve as intriguing cognitive material for both decision-makers and policymakers involved in actions aimed at better managing settlement issues, as well as for scientists focusing on demographic and historical matters from a regional perspective. Originality/Value: The article presents the results of original primary research conducted in the Archives of New Acts (AAN), the State Archives in Szczecin (APS), the State Archives in Koszalin (APK), and the Archives of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (AKPRM). The presented issue has not been previously addressed in discussions published on the international stage.