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The social selectivity of migration flows affecting Britain's larger conurbations: An analysis of the 1991 census regional migration tables

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion, Tania Fisher



Little is known about the social composition of migration affecting British cities, despite the currently high political salience of this issue. This is principally because of the very limited availability of reliable city-scale data on such migrant characteristics as occupation and income. This paper uses the Regional Migration Tables from the 1991 Census to document the migration of labour force members to and from Britain's larger conurbations, distinguishing six main Social Groups defined on the basis of occupation. It is found that all eight areas were net losers of economically active people, that all six Social Groups were generally contributing to these net losses and that, in every case except London, there was a strong positive relationship between social status and the rate of net out-migration to the rest of Britain. This latter case suggests the need for further work, which would benefit from the more detailed migration datasets that are promised from the 2001 Census.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Champion T, Fisher T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scottish Geographical Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 119

Issue: 3

Pages: 229-246

ISSN (print): 1470-2541

ISSN (electronic): 1751-665X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00369220318737176


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