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Tourism and Interregional Migration in Sweden: an explorative approach

Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 187-204
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Population Space and Place
Volym: 11
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: John Wiley & Sons


Are places with a successful tourist industry also successful when it comes to attracting migrants? In the present paper this hypothesis

is empirically tested on interregional migration in Sweden. The paper draws on recent interest in, and research on, the relationship between tourism and migration. This line of research could be seen as an extension of traditional quality of life studies on migration, and the hypothesis partly rests on the notion that what people do in their

spare time is increasingly emphasised and valued, which might very well affect population redistribution. Two complementary empirical data sources are used to test the hypothesis. The main focus is

on the statistical analyses where tourismrelated and other more traditional variables are used to estimate the effects on migration.

In addition, survey responses from 74% of the Swedish municipalities are used to find out whether the local authorities have noticed any

relationship between tourism and migration. The results indicate that tourism indeed exerts a positive influence on migration, but the

effects vary quite significantly among different age groups as well as when a ‘metropolitan effect’ is taken into account. The results show the need for further inquiries of tourism and migration, if the hypothesis is to be thoroughly confirmed.


  • Human Geography
  • interregional migration
  • tourism
  • Sweden


  • ISSN: 1544-8452

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