, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 633–640 | Cite as

Migration distances: An international comparison

  • Larry Long
  • C. Jack Tucker
  • William L. Urton
Research Notes


Comparing the level or amount of migration within different countries has been a longstanding problem because the local administrative areas commonly used as the basis for measuring migration vary greatly in size and significance within and between countries. Distance moved is a critical aspect of most concepts of migration, and measuring it would facilitate cross-national comparisons. Apparently only the United States, Great Britain, and Sweden have measured migration distances for the country as a whole, and this information is used as the basis for comparative analysis of spatial mobility.


Internal Migration Migration Distance Residential Mobility Current Population Report Spatial Mobility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Long
    • 1
  • C. Jack Tucker
    • 2
  • William L. Urton
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Demographic StudiesU.S. Bureau of the CensusWashington D.C.
  2. 2.Department of SociologyWinthrop CollegeRock Hill
  3. 3.Research and Information Management DivisionSouth Carolina Department of CorrectionsColumbia

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