Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 25–45 | Cite as

Internal Migration in the United Kingdom: Analysis of an Estimated Inter-District Time Series, 2001–2011

  • Nik LomaxEmail author
  • John Stillwell
  • Paul Norman
  • Phil Rees


This paper examines how internal migration between local authority districts within the United Kingdom has evolved during the first decade of the twenty-first century. Based on estimates derived from data assembled from a range of sources, the paper demonstrates the extent of decline in the longstanding pattern of net migration from urban to rural regions, driven to a large extent by the fall in the intensity of migration from urban to rural areas, and the reversal of the south to north net migration pattern due to the increase in moves from urban north to urban south.


Internal migration Districts United Kingdom Net migration Urban-rural North-south 



Nik Lomax is grateful for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for his CASE studentship in partnership with the Office for National Statistics. We are grateful to staff in each of the national statistical agencies for providing data upon which the migration estimates are based.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nik Lomax
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Stillwell
    • 1
  • Paul Norman
    • 1
  • Phil Rees
    • 1
  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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