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Residential Preferences for Interregional Migration in Sweden: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Geographical Determinants


  • Thomas Niedomysl

    (Institute for Futures Studies, PO Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm)


Policy makers are showing increasing interest in factors that make places attractive for prospective new residents. This paper focuses on residential preferences for interregional migration and aims to explore what place attributes people would value highly if they considered migrating. Special attention is given to differences in preferences between population subgroups in terms of demographic, socioeconomic, and geographical determinants. An ambitious prestudy with 390 respondents was carried out to ascertain relevant place attributes for the main study. The main study was carried out via a survey sent to a national sample of 5000 Swedes, of whom approximately 53% took part. The results give valuable information on how demographic, socioeconomic, and geographical aspects determine residential preferences in Sweden, and make some contributions to methodological issues on researching preferences in a migration context.

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  • Thomas Niedomysl, 2008. "Residential Preferences for Interregional Migration in Sweden: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Geographical Determinants," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 40(5), pages 1109-1131, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:40:y:2008:i:5:p:1109-1131

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    1. Kirill Rozhkov, 2013. "Beneficiaries of a place: whose life is better?," HSE Working papers WP BRP 05/MAN/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    2. Thomas Niedomysl, 2011. "How Migration Motives Change over Migration Distance: Evidence on Variation across Socio-economic and Demographic Groups," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(6), pages 843-855.
    3. Mats Johansson, 2016. "Immigration - a way out of the Swedish rural population crisis?," ERSA conference papers ersa16p192, European Regional Science Association.
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    5. Ida Andersson & Thomas Niedomysl, 2010. "Clamour For Glamour? City Competition For Hosting The Swedish Tryouts To The Eurovision Song Contest," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 101(2), pages 111-125, April.
    6. repec:rre:publsh:v48:y:2018:i:3:p:401-425 is not listed on IDEAS

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