Recently, outward migration from rural communities in the province is an issue that is gaining increased attention due to the economic and community ramifications of significant migration trends. Using a participatory action research approach, this study focuses on the lived experiences of young adults who grew up in one rural community. Qualitative interviews were done with eight participants who have either stayed in, left, or returned to their rural hometown.
An analysis was completed using political economy and structural social work theories in order to understand these key factors and
possible points for action. Key findings include the need for more relevant guidance for rural youth in high school and later in life, community development strategies that focus on young adults, and increased government attention and consultation on rural youth issues.