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Internal migration: an overview

Migration A–Z

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  1. Nissa Finney

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm304

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Finney, N. 2013. Internal migration: an overview. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Internal migration is the movement of people that involves a change of usual residence within a specified bounded area, usually a country. Internal migration is also referred to as residential mobility. Traditionally, a distinction has been drawn between internal and international migration. However, King and Skeldon 2010: 1521 argue that “the ‘boundary’ between internal and international migration can easily become blurred” because, despite the political importance of the state, the forces of internal and international migration are similar.

Keywords:

  • demography and population studies;
  • assimilation and exclusion;
  • identity politics;
  • poverty;
  • welfare;
  • labor supply