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The internal migration propensities and net migration patterns of ethnic groups in Britain

John J. C. Stillwell, Serena Hussain, Paul Norman


Internal migration propensities of ethnic groups are examined using three types of census data. Special Migration Statistics show variation in aggregate propensities whereas commissioned age-specific flow data indicate age variations by ethnic group. Micro data from Samples of Anonymised Records confirm low Asian propensities and suggest convergence between 1991 and 2001. Inter-district net migration reveals familiar counterurbanisation trends for whites but more complex patterns for non-whites. Evidence suggests white net migration at this scale is greater in areas with higher non-white population shares which themselves experience higher non-white immigration rates.


ethnic populations; whites; non-whites; internal migration; England; Wales; Britain

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