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Return to where?: The geography of elderly return migration in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2015 (English)In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 22, no 1, 92-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There are considerable regional differences when it comes to age composition, as rural areas are ageing more rapidly as a result of age-selective migration. Eras of urbanization and counter-urbanization are also making their mark on migration patterns from a long-term perspective. The current generation approaching retirement age in Sweden is a generation of urbanization, thereby constituting a potential for return migration, especially to some rural regions many people of this generation left decades ago. The aim of this paper is to compare rates of return migration in municipalities in Sweden in order to identify regions where return migration is particularly important, and also to identify which regions are the most attractive for return migration. The empirical study is based on Swedish register data, and the results indicate that the rate of return migration varies considerably between regions; some are more attractive for return migration, yet return migrants might be most significant in the regions that attract few other migrants. Another conclusion is that the regions that lost a greater share of this generation on account of previous migration often fail to attract return migrants.

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2015. Vol. 22, no 1, 92-103 p.
Keyword [en]
Counter-urbanization, later-life migration, life course, return migration, rural population development, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62752DOI: 10.1177/0969776412464505ISI: 000346910900006OAI: diva2:577861
Ageing and Living Conditions Programme
Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66

Published online before print December 12, 2012.

Available from: 2012-12-17 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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