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Is spatial mobility on the rise or in decline? An order-specific analysis of the migration of young adults in Sweden
University of St Andrews.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7936-8259
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2014-7179
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2018 (English)In: Population Studies, ISSN 0032-4728, E-ISSN 1477-4747Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate spatial mobility over time. Research on ‘new mobilities’ suggests increasing movement of individuals, technology, and information. By contrast, studies of internal migration report declining spatial mobility in recent decades. Using longitudinal register data from Sweden, we calculate annual order-specific migration rates to investigate the spatial mobility of young adults over the last three decades. We standardize mobility rates for educational enrolment, educational level, family status, and place of residence to determine how much changes in individuals’ life domains explain changes in mobility. Young adults’ migration rates increased significantly in the 1990s; although all order-specific migration rates increased, first migration rates increased the most. Changes in population composition, particularly increased enrolment in higher education, accounted for much of the elevated spatial mobility in the 1990s. The analysis supports neither ever increasing mobility nor a long-term rise in rootedness among young adults in Sweden.

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2018.
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migration, mobility, life course, young adults, standardization, order-specific analysis, Sweden
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Social and Economic Geography Human Geography
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Population studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148405DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2018.1451554OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-148405DiVA, id: diva2:1213841
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-09-06

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