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Are people changing address less? An analysis of migration within England and Wales, 1971-2011, by distance of move

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion



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Expectations of migration and mobility steadily increasing in the longer term, whichhave a long currency in migration theory and related social science, are at odds withthe latest US research showing a marked decline in internal migration rates. Thispaper reports the results of research that investigates whether England and Wales haveexperienced any similar change in recent decades. Using the Office for NationalStatistics Longitudinal Study (ONS-LS) of linked census records, it examines theevidence provided by its 10-year migration indicator, with particular attention to acomparison of the first and latest decades available, 1971-1981 and 2001-2011. Thissuggests that, as in the USA, there has been a marked reduction in the level of shorterdistance(less than 10km) moving that has involved almost all types of people. Incontrast to this and to US experience, however, the propensity of people to makelonger-distance address changes between decennial censuses has declined much less,largely corroborating the results of a companion study tracking the annual trend inrates of between-area migration since the 1970s (Champion and Shuttleworth, 2016).

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Author(s): Champion T, Shuttleworth I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Population, Space and Place

Year: 2017

Volume: 23

Issue: 3

Print publication date: 01/04/2017

Online publication date: 03/05/2016

Acceptance date: 04/03/2016

Date deposited: 15/08/2016

ISSN (print): 1544-8444

ISSN (electronic): 1544-8452

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/psp.2026


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