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Which families move out from metropolitan areas? Counterurban migration and professions in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9587-9000
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2014-7179
2019 (English)In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of the counterurbanisation research within population geography by nuancing counterurban migration beyond the rural–urban dichotomy, including all moves downwards in the urban hierarchy. The focus is to explore counterurban migration patterns among families with children leaving Swedish metropolitan areas, and whether some groups of skilled professions are more likely to make a counterurban move than others. Using register data on all families moving out from metropolitan areas in Sweden during the period 2003–2013, we found a small but steady outflow of families, mainly to medium-sized or small towns. The highly educated are overrepresented among these families, thus providing potential for an inflow of competence to the receiving areas. Contrary to expected, the assumed flexibility in time and space among knowledge sector professionals does not seem to enable them more than others to pursue counterurban moves. Instead, public sector professionals characterise families making a counterurban move to all destination regions, while men with a profession within arts and crafts to a higher extent move with their family to more rural areas.

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Sage Publications, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Competing risk, counterurban migration, counterurbanisation, event-history analysis, families, profession
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Social Sciences
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Social and Economic Geography; Population studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-166868DOI: 10.1177/0969776419893017ISI: 000503922000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-166868DiVA, id: diva2:1382849
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Moving out from the city. A study on families? migration strategies for social sustainable living outside metropolitan areas, Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-00290Available from: 2020-01-06 Created: 2020-01-06 Last updated: 2020-02-18

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