SPATIAL MOBILITY OF IMMIGRANTS

Foreign-born residents constitute approximately eleven percent of the Swedish population. This level has been reached after steady immigration during the post-war years and has been accompanied in recent decades with proportionately more non-European immigrants. Immigration has implications for Swedish regional economic development for two reasons examined here. First, immigrant internal migration behavior, after arriving in Sweden, differs from native Swedes. Second, immigrant internal migration behavior, after arriving in Sweden, differs from native Swedes. This paper focuses on this second consequence of immigration. It examines the migration decisions of immigrants after initial settlement and the demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural variables that influence them. It finds that immigrants differ from natives in migration behavior, mainly because of the role that the size of immigrant communities plays in the decision to migrate and choice of destination. The implications of these results for regional economic-demographic modeling and regional economic growth are discussed.

Sources:

Rephann, Terance. 2000. Determinants of the Spatial Mobility of Immigrants in Sweden. Review of Regional Studies. 10: 2, 189-213 [Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation of earlier paper draft].

Powerpoint slide presentation of paper presented at the 39th Congress of the European Regional Science Association in Dublin, Ireland, on August 23-27, 1999

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