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Type: Journal article
Title: Cross-national comparison of internal migration: issues and measures
Author: Bell, M.
Blake, M.
Boyle, P.
Duke-Williams, O.
Rees, P.
Stillwell, J.
Hugo, G.
Citation: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A: Statistics in Society, 2002; 165(Part 3):435-464
Publisher: Blackwell Publ Ltd
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0964-1998
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M. Bell, M. Blake, P. Boyle, O. Duke-Williams, P. Rees, J. Stillwell and G. Hugo
Abstract: SUMMARY: Our objectives are to identify the issues that researchers encounter when measuring internal migration in different countries and to propose key indicators that analysts can use to compare internal migration at the ‘national’ level. We establish the benefits to be gained by a rigorous approach to cross-national comparisons of internal migration and discuss issues that affect such comparisons. We then distinguish four dimensions of internal migration on which countries can be compared and, for each dimension, identify a series of summary measures. We illustrate the issues and measures proposed by comparing migration in Australia and Great Britain.
Keywords: Australia
comparative measures
Great Britain
internal migration
Description: Copyright © 2009 The Royal Statistical Society and Blackwell Publishing Ltd The definitive version is available at
DOI: 10.1111/1467-985X.t01-1-00247
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