Rural exodus in German is called "Landflucht"; it is made up of the words "Land" + "Flucht", i.e. country + fleeing.
Isn't it shocking to look at this meaning? Fleeing from what nurtures us? It's like running away from your mothers hearth & heart. Knocking her down when she is feeding you! Or better: denying that she is feeding you, while you fill your greedy belly.