Migration in Britain

Migration in Britain

Paradoxes of the Present, Prospects for the Future

Tony Fielding

Migration in Britain takes a fresh look at the patterns of migration at both the regional and local levels and develops new theoretical frameworks and novel methods to explain these patterns. It anticipates British society and its internal migration flows fifty years hence in the absence of climate change, and comes to judgments about how and in what ways these migration flows might be affected by climate change.

Chapter 2: Inter-regional Migration

Tony Fielding

Subjects: development studies, migration, geography, human geography, politics and public policy, migration, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, migration, urban and regional studies, migration


Table 2.1 provides us with an overview of the internal migration situation in 2009–10 (please note that the countries of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are treated as ‘regions’ of the UK; please note also that all these tables are subject to rounding errors). A number of very important facts can be extracted from this table: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Just over 1 million people migrated between regions in the year to March 2010, and about 20 per cent of these migrations involved London (which is just 12.5 per cent of the UK population). By far and away the largest in- and out-migration rates were found in the southern and eastern regions of the UK, with the regions having the largest in-rates also having the largest out-rates (see below). The single largest net flow, both in absolute numbers and in terms of rates, was the out-migration flow from London. This loss was not just to the surrounding regions of south-eastern UK (East and South East) – the three regions together also slightly lost population through migration to the rest of the UK. However, if one considers the Severn–Wash line as demarcating the North/South divide, there was a small net gain to the ‘South’ from the ‘North’. The regions of the industrial Midlands and North (West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire & Humber and North East) lost by internal migration. Three of the four peripheral regions of the UK (South West, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) had net gains (the exception being Northern Ireland) with the...

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