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Migration in Britain

Paradoxes of the Present, Prospects for the Future Tony Fielding, Research Professor, University of Sussex, UK
Migration in Britain takes a fresh look at the patterns of migration at both the regional and local levels and develops new theoretical frameworks and novel methods to explain these patterns. It anticipates British society and its internal migration flows fifty years hence in the absence of climate change, and comes to judgments about how and in what ways these migration flows might be affected by climate change.
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 78100 419 7
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Those who need to migrate the most – perhaps due to low paid or insecure jobs – tend to actually migrate the least, while those who need to migrate the least – for example those who have secure, well-paid jobs – tend to actually migrate the most. This is one of the many paradoxes about internal migration in Britain that are explored in this topical and timely book by Tony Fielding.

Migration in Britain takes a fresh look at the patterns of migration at both the regional and local levels and develops new theoretical frameworks and novel methods to explain these patterns. It anticipates British society and its internal migration flows fifty years hence in the absence of climate change, and comes to judgments about how and in what ways these migration flows might be affected by climate change.

Developing new approaches to explain migration patterns, this book will appeal to academics, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students of population migration, as well as businesses concerned with housing and utilities. Anyone with a general interest in migration issues including the impacts of, and adaptation to, climate change, will find much to interest them in this insightful book.
‘This landmark book sets new standards in the analysis of internal migration in the UK. With a focus on the “drivers of migration”, knowledge of economic, social, demographic, political, and environmental factors is advanced. Identifying the impacts of environmental change and future trends of migration, the book delivers impressive, original, up-to-date findings of UK internal migration. The book is an essential resource for students, scholars and practitioners grappling with the complexities of emergent and entrenched patterns and processes of migration.’
– Darren P. Smith, Loughborough University, UK

‘Fielding’s book on contemporary internal migration in Britain comprises a magisterial review of a complex topic. It moves very logically from the description of the migration patterns through discussion of the key drivers onto policy-oriented speculation about future developments in the light of alternative scenarios of economic, social and environmental change. The author has a refreshingly direct and authoritative style that puts his own personal stamp on the book, making for a compelling but also thought-provoking read.’
– Tony Champion, Newcastle University, UK

‘Fielding provides us with a fascinating, authoritative and up-to-date picture of internal migration in the UK, together with a masterful synthesis of the explanations that underpin the spatial patterns of migration at regional and sub-regional scales. He exposes some of the paradoxes apparent in historical migration behaviour and he also speculates creatively on what might be the impacts of environmental vis à vis socio-economic drivers on internal migration in the future under different scenarios.’
– John Stillwell, University of Leeds, UK
Contents: Introduction Part I: UK Internal Migration Patterns 1. Migration: Concepts, Methods and Values 2. Inter-regional Migration 3. A More Detailed Regional, Sub-regional (Country-level) and Occasionally City-level Analysis Part II: UK Internal Migration: Processes and Trends 4. Economic Drivers of Internal Migration 5. Social, Demographic and Political Drivers of Migration 6. Environmental Drivers of Migration 7. The Decision to Migrate 8. Future Migration Trends in the Absence of Environmental Change Part III: UK Internal Migration: Impacts of Environmental Change 9. Impacts of Environmental Change on UK Internal Migration 10. Implications for Policy Conclusion References Index