The urban exodus announced following Covid has not taken place, according to a recent study
The massive phenomenon of urban relocations to the countryside has been the subject of strong media coverage since the Covid-19 pandemic. The subjects have multiplied around these stories of French people adopting a more peaceful and “greener” life following the sanitary confinements. The idea was accentuated by the increase in real estate prices between 2020 and 2023, particularly on the coasts and in certain metropolises. The urban exodus would not have taken place, however, say the authors of a study bringing together three research teams.
Launched in June 2021 by the French Rural Network, the Plan urbanisme construction architecture (Puca) and the Popsu Territoires program, this survey has made it possible to carry out a detailed analysis of the evolution of residential mobility in France since the start of the health crisis.