Scottish Longitudinal Study
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Project Title:

Links between internal migration, commuting and inter-household relationships

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Oliver Duke-Williams (School of Geography, University of Leeds)

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Approved on 21-08-2007


Previous censuses have used the ‘wholly moving household’ term to study groups of migrants; in the 2001 Census the new concept of the moving group was introduced. This permits study of the behaviour of groups smaller than a whole household; and also to consider cases with more than one group of migrants in each household. I wish to examine potential different modes of behaviour in groups of different sizes.

In addition, the relationship matrix allows relationships between sub-groups in a household to be examined much more flexibliy than was the case when only relationship to head of household was available. There exists bodies of research on individual migrants, and on ‘households’, but work on sub-household groups is less developed. This work will expand on knowledge of patterns of behaviour in this area. It links to other research areas where people are interested in moving beyond the household / inidividudal dichotomy to broader definitions encompassing multiple usual residences and living apart together relationships.

I wish to construct a ‘family type’ variable for sub-groups within the household (i.e. moving groups) and consider relationships within those groups, rather than using a single derived family type that refers to all persons in the household. In particular, I am also interested in looking at relationships that might exist between those in a moving group and those that were already resident in a household. The current general family classification does not allow this to be done.

Finally, I would also like to compare locations of workplaces for persons in moving groups compared to those already reisident. The research aims to explore the links between internal migration and commuting behaviour. These are both forms of spatial mobility, and will be examined in the context of household compositions: that is, the set of people who live in a household, and the way that they are related to one another. The research will explore the hypothesis that different household compositions influence patterns of migration and commuting, and also examines the ways in which migration changes household compositions.

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