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Cross-national comparison of internal migration: issues and measures

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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

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2: University of Canberra, Australia 3: University of St Andrews, UK 4: University of Leeds, UK 5: University of Adelaide, Australia

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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