Ethnic migration between area groups in England and Wales

Raymer, James and Giulietti, Corrado (2009) Ethnic migration between area groups in England and Wales. Area, 41, (4), 435-451. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2009.00884.x).


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Minority ethnic populations in England and Wales have been increasing steadily as a share of the total population since the 1991 Census. In this paper, we are interested in how internal migration has changed as a possible consequence. Our analysis focuses on the movements between twelve area groups, as defined by the Office for National Statistics, and addresses the following three research questions: (1) How has internal migration in England and Wales evolved from 1991 to 2004?; (2) What are the main differences in the movements between the White (majority) population and the ethnic minority population?; and (3) How do migration patterns differ when ethnicity, education and employment statuses are considered together? The data come from the 1991 to 2004 National Health Service Central Registers, the 1999-2004 patient registers and the 2001 Census. We find strong stability in the migration patterns of the total population over time. However, large differences appear when the flows are disaggregated by ethnicity and further by education and employment. Education level is an important factor influencing the migration patterns for the White population, whereas employment status is a much more important factor for the ethnic minority population.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2009.00884.x
ISSNs: 0004-0894 (print)
1475-4762 (electronic)
Keywords: internal migration, area groups, ethnic population redistribution, england and wales
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 65158
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2009Published
1 April 2009Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:50
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013

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