Internal migration and development: comparing migration intensities around the world

Bell, Martin, Charles-Edwards, Elin, Ueffing, Philipp, Stillwell, John, Kupiszewski, Marek and Kupiszewska, Dorota (2015) Internal migration and development: comparing migration intensities around the world. Population and Development Review, 41 1: 33-58. doi:10.1111/j.1728-4457.2015.00025.x

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Author Bell, Martin
Charles-Edwards, Elin
Ueffing, Philipp
Stillwell, John
Kupiszewski, Marek
Kupiszewska, Dorota
Title Internal migration and development: comparing migration intensities around the world
Journal name Population and Development Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1728-4457
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2015.00025.x
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 58
Total pages 26
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Migration is the principal demographic process shaping patterns of human settlement, and it serves an essential role in human development. While progress has been made in measuring international migration, internal migration statistics are as yet poorly developed in many countries. This article draws on a repository of data established under the IMAGE (Internal Migration Around the GlobE) project to address this deficit by constructing the first comprehensive league table of internal migration intensities for countries around the world. We review previous work, outline the major impediments to making reliable comparisons, and set out a methodology that combines a novel estimation procedure with a flexible spatial aggregation facility. We present the results in the form of league tables of aggregate crude migration intensities that capture all changes of address over one-year or five-year intervals for 96 countries, representing four-fifths of the global population. Explanation for the observed differences has been sought, inter alia, in historical, structural, cultural, and economic forces. We examine the links between development and migration intensity through simple correlations using a range of demographic, economic, and social variables. Results reveal clear associations between internal migration intensities and selected indicators of national development.
Keyword Internal migration
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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