The Spatial Patterns and Structures of Migration



Migration stands apart from fertility and mortality because of its fundamentally spatial nature. Unlike fertility and mortality, migration involves at least two interacting populations. Outmigration decrements the population of origin. Inmigration increments the population at the destinations. This chapter considers such topics as the geographical concentration of an origin-destination table of migration flows. It also studies the spatial structure of those flows, particularly focusing on their spatial interaction. Log-linear models are introduced, as are model migration schedules that identify and describe the most important observed regularities in spatial and age patterns.


Migration age and spatial patterns Spatial focus Iterative proportional fitting Log-linear models Model migration schedules 


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