Another new paper!

This time from John Stillwell and me (rather than the other way around!) – paper is titled “A comparison of internal migration by ethnic group in Great Britain using a district classification”.

“Oooh, that sounds interesting!” I hear you cry “which classification and where do migrants from different ethnic groups come from and go to?” Well the answers to those and other burning questions can be found if you go to the website of the Journal of Population Research and have a little gander at the paper…

Here’s a pic to whet your appetite:

New paper from me and the sad end of an era…

Yes, British migration classification fans, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – publication of the CIDER Migration Classification paper! *Cue delirious cheering, whooping, hollering and cries of ‘get in the hole!!’*

This most recent product of my blood, sweat and tears – co-authored by John Stillwell – can be found in the latest edition of Population Trends. I say latest, but I should also say final, as sadly after 36 years of publication Population Trends is from today, no more. In 2010 the Office for National Statistics took the decision to cease regular publication of all of  its journal titles – I can only speculate the victim of the severe cuts being enforced across the public sector currently.

The Autumn 2011 issue really does mark the end of an era and I will be sad to see it go, especially as I think I can safely say that it is the journal, above all others, that has been the source of useful and practical research during my academic career.

CIDER Migration Classification mash-up

Thanks to some help from Richard Milton and Ollie O’Brien at CASA I have now managed to produce a google maps mash-up of the Migration Classification I developed as part of my thesis.

CIDER Migration Classification

CIDER Migration Classification

The full interactive map can be accessed on Maptube using the link below:

Internal migration in the news

Internal migration in the news! Well, sort of…

Source: Guardian data blog: *No legend provided, but the colours would seem to represent an average loss of housing benefit – I’m guessing purple is the worst!*

In this article in today’s Grauniad (, it is warned that housing benefit cuts will make the South of England unaffordable for those claiming housing benefits,  heralding a wave of south-north migration.

If this were to happen, it would be unprecedented in recent history – not only has the dominant trend been for flows from the north to the south, driven by London’s position at the top of the urban and economic hierarchy; but migration flows have been chiefly characterised by moves of the more well-off.

As the recession (and the Coalition) bites harder and the welfare state comes under more strain, we await to see the knock-on effects on internal migration…

For a very comprehensive overview of the determinates of out-migration (circa the turn of the millennium) see:

Fotheringham, A. S., Rees, P., Champion, T., Kalogirou, S., and Tremayne, A. R. (2004), ‘The development of a migration model for England and Wales: overview and modelling out-migration’, Environment and Planning A, 36 (9), 1633-72.