Westefeld, Albert
December 1940
Social Forces;Dec40, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p213
Academic Journal
Early all studies of migration in the general population have found that short distance moves greatly outnumber long distance moves. The distance generalization thus shares with the age-differential generalization the distinction of being one of the few principles in migration theory that is firmly established by research. The thesis of this paper is that an additional fundamental factor is the migrant's knowledge of the labor market. For, given the admittedly major importance of economic motivation in migration, it follows that the more extensive the migrant's knowledge of job opportunities, the wider his choice of possible localities. The thesis examined in the article in relation to the findings of studies that have emphasized different explanations of the distance factor. Since long distance migration is more spectacular than short distance migration, it is to be expected that the importance of long distance moves would frequently be exaggerated. It is concluded that no matter what the method by which distance of migration is measured, short distance moves greatly outnumber long distance moves.


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