Transport and Tourism in Outermost Regions: Assessing Mobility Poverty and the Effects of New Climate Policies

Client/Funding Institution

European Parliament


This research study focuses on the nine EU outermost regions (i.e. Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, French Guiana, Réunion, Mayotte, Azores and Madeira) and aims to assess how their transport and tourism sectors are impacted by mobility poverty, on the one hand, and the most recent EU climate policy developments, on the other. To do so, it will first elaborate a functional definition of mobility poverty supported by a set of indicators as well as delve into the latest EU climate legislation, in particular the transport-related ‘Fit for 55’ legislation. Then, it will analyse the effects of mobility poverty and the new EU climate legislation on the regions’ transport and tourism sectors, taking the lens of transportation flows within, to and from the outermost regions. EU, national and regional-level measures taken to tackle these potentially adverse effects will also be investigated. The findings of this analysis should feed into policy recommendations for national and EU policy-makers.


April 2024 - December 2024

wiiw team Leader

Ambre Maucorps

wiiw Staff

Corinna Covi

Project Partners

University of the Azores, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University of the Antilles.

Countries covered: France, Portugal, Spain

Research Areas: Regional Development, Sectoral studies