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Amenity migration and tourism development in the Tärna mountains, Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2006 (English)In: The Amenity Migrants: Seeking and Sustaining Mounatains and their Cultures / [ed] Moss, L. A. G., Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2006, 245-258 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyses the involvement of in-migrants with the local tourism labour market in a peripheral mountain area in Sweden. It explores the extent to which tourism development is assisted and caused by in-migrants as well as the role of local amenities in attracting the in-migrants. The analysis is accomplished through a case study of the mountain resort of Tarnaby/Hemavan, based on a 1991-2000 comprehensive geo-referencing micro-level database of Statistics Sweden. The study shows that tourism development indeed contributes to creating or maintaining jobs. However, the results of the study indicate that tourism-related employment is, to a considerable extent, chosen by in-migrants. Hence, tourism forms an important precondition for in-migration in that it provides service jobs with relatively low entrance barriers. Results also indicate that members of younger households, often from the neighbouring municipalities or from urban centres within the country and the south of Sweden, took these jobs. The rather young group of in-migrants hints at the presence of more consumption-led migration motives. Hence, the amenities of the mountain region inviting a variety of outdoor activities seem to be an important reason for relocating the place of the residence into the periphery, at least temporarily. 

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Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2006. 245-258 p.
Keyword [en]
Tourism, amenity migration, second homes, Sweden
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10541DOI: 10.1079/9780851990842.0245ISI: 000293848200018ISBN: 978-0-85199-084-2OAI: diva2:150212
Available from: 2007-02-28 Created: 2007-02-28 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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