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How migration motives change over distance: evidence on variations across socioeconomic and demographic groups

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 843-855
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Regional Studies
Volym: 45
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


Migration researchers have long known that the motives for changing place of residence vary over migration distance. Typically, short-distance moves are regarded as motivated by housing considerations and longer-distance moves primarily by employment considerations. Using a large-scale survey on migration motives, this paper explores how migration motives change over migration distance. Particular attention is paid to variations across socio-economic and demographic
groups. The results show that the housing- versus employment-driven migration dichotomy, over short and long distances, respectively, is still somewhat valid, though the present findings give a much more nuanced interpretation. The paper reveals considerable variation in migration motives, not only over migration distance, but also particularly in relation to migrant socio-economic and demographic characteristics.



  • Social Sciences
  • Sweden
  • Distance Survey data
  • Migration Motives


  • ISSN: 1360-0591
  • ISSN: 0034-3404

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