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How Different are the British in their Willingness to Move? Evidence from International Social Survey Data


  • Stephen Drinkwater
  • Peter Ingram


Drinkwater S. and Ingram P. How different are the British in their willingness to move? Evidence from international social survey data, Regional Studies. This paper analyses people's willingness to move using data from the 1995 British Social Attitudes Survey and International Social Survey Programme. The personal characteristics and sub-regional indicators that are important in explaining the willingness to move within Britain are identified. It is also found that the willingness to move is only higher in a few other countries, including the USA. The equivalent desire to move is found to be much lower in Eastern European countries and in several other European Union Member States. Compositional effects, such as age and education, are generally important in explaining differences in attitudes towards migration in comparison with other Western economies. However, structural effects such as institutions, history, and culture tend to play a more dominant role in explaining differences compared with countries in Central and Eastern Europe. [image omitted] Drinkwater S. et Ingram P. Les differences entre les britanniques dans leur consentement a la mobilite. Resultats d'une enquete sociale internationale, Regional Studies. Nous analysons le consentement a la mobilite des Britanniques en utilisant les donnees d'une enquete sur les comportements sociaux des Britanniques et d'une enquete sociale internationale de 1995. Nous identifions les caracteristiques personnelles et les indicateurs subregionaux qui sont importants pour expliquer le consentement a la mobilite en Grande-Bretagne. Nous constatons egalement que le consentement a la mobilite n'est superieur que dans un petit nombre de pays, notamment les Etats-Unis. Le desir equivalent de mobilite est beaucoup moins important dans les pays d'Europe orientale et dans plusieurs Etats membres de l'Union europeenne. Les effets de la composition, comme l'age et l'education, sont generalement importants pour expliquer les differences de comportement envers la migration, en comparaison avec d'autres economies occidentales. Toutefois, des effets de structure comme les institutions, l'histoire et la culture ont tendance a jouer un role plus important pour expliquer les differences comparees avec des pays d'Europe centrale et orientale. Grande-Bretagne Consentement a la mobilite Differences internationales Microdonnees Drinkwater S. und Ingram P. Wie unterschiedlich fallt die Umzugsbereitschaft unter den Briten aus? Belege aus dem International Social Survey, Regional Studies. In unserem Beitrag analysieren wir die Umzugsbereitschaft anhand von Daten aus dem British Social Attitudes Survey und dem International Social Survey Programme von 1995. Wir identifizieren die personlichen Merkmale und subregionalen Indikatoren, die zur Erlauterung der Umzugsbereitschaft innerhalb von Grossbritannien von Bedeutung sind. Ebenso stellen wir fest, dass die Umzugsbereitschaft nur in wenigen Landern (darunter den USA) hoher ausfallt. Die entsprechende Umzugsbereitschaft liegt in osteuropaischen Landern sowie in mehreren anderen Mitgliedsstaaten der EU deutlich niedriger. Bei der Erklarung der unterschiedlichen Einstellungen zur Migration im Vergleich zu anderen westlichen Okonomien spielen kompositionale Effekte wie Alter und Bildung in der Regel eine wichtige Rolle. Zur Erklarung der Unterschiede im Vergleich zu den Landern in Mittel- und Osteuropa sind hingegen meist die strukturellen Effekte, wie z. B. Institutionen, Geschichte und Kultur, von grosserer Bedeutung. Grossbritannien Umzugsbereitschaft Internationale Unterschiede Mikrodaten Drinkwater S. y Ingram P. ¿En que medida son diferentes los britanicos en la movilidad voluntaria? Ejemplos de datos de estudios sociales internacionales, Regional Studies. Con datos recabados del Estudio britanico de actitudes sociales y el Programa Internacional de Estudios Sociales de 1995, en este articulo analizamos la movilidad voluntaria de las personas. Identificamos las caracteristicas personales y los indicadores subregionales que son importantes para explicar la movilidad voluntaria en el Reino Unido. Tambien observamos que la movilidad voluntaria es solo superior en unos pocos paises, por ejemplo en los Estados Unidos. Vemos que el deseo equivalente de desplazarse es mucho menor en los paises de Europa del este y en otros estados miembros de la Union Europea. Los efectos de composicion social, tales como la edad y la educacion, son generalmente importantes a la hora de explicar las diferencias en actitudes hacia la emigracion en comparacion con otras economias occidentales. Sin embargo, los efectos estructurales, como son las instituciones, la historia y la cultura, tienden a desempenar un papel mas dominante al explicar las diferencias en comparacion con otros paises de Europa central y del este. Gran Bretana Movilidad voluntaria Diferencias internacionales Microdatos

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  • Stephen Drinkwater & Peter Ingram, 2009. "How Different are the British in their Willingness to Move? Evidence from International Social Survey Data," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(2), pages 287-303.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:43:y:2009:i:2:p:287-303
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400701827378

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