The doubly selected: return migration in Australia

Parr, A. and Bell, Martin J. (2009). The doubly selected: return migration in Australia. In: Proceedings of: 26th International Population Conference. 26th International Population Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, (1-34). 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2009.

Author Parr, A.
Bell, Martin J.
Title of paper The doubly selected: return migration in Australia
Conference name 26th International Population Conference
Conference location Marrakech, Morocco
Conference dates 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of: 26th International Population Conference
Place of Publication Princeton, NJ
Publisher The Office of Population Research at Princeton University
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN not available
Start page 1
End page 34
Total pages 34
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Return migrants are a distinct group among an already selective population of internal migrants. While research findings about their selectivity are often contradictory or inconclusive, return migrants appear to be young, less educated, unemployed or on low incomes. The potential to definitively identify the characteristics of return migrants in the Australian context is provided by the population Census, which records one-year and five-year migration transitions. Against a theoretical framework of failed versus planned returns with explanations grouped into four dimensions – economic, education-related, family-oriented and retirement-related, the one per cent Household Sample File from the 2006 Census is interrogated to identify characteristics that most significantly differentiate return migrants from other migrants. The results demonstrate that return migrants are more likely to be young adults, educated, unemployed, separated or divorced and renting a dwelling. By contrast gender, income levels and occupation are less important characteristics in the selectivity of return migrants.
Subjects 1603 Demography
Keyword Return migrants
internal migrants
population Census
migration transitions
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Session 176: The root causes of internal migration: Are they primarily economic? (2)

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