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Title: Rural Youth Migration Trends in Australia: An Overview of Recent Trends and Two Inland Case Studies
Contributor(s): Argent, Neil (author)orcid ; Walmsley, Jim Dennis James (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2008.00505.x
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Abstract: Much of what has been written on the topic of Australian rural youth migration trends and processes has often proceeded from data-free, or data-poor grounds. In this context, this paper analyses recent trends in youth (15 to 24 years of age) migration for a temporally-consistent set of Statistical Divisions (SDs) in inland rural Australia, and for local government areas within the Northern Tablelands and Slopes and Ranges of northern New South Wales and the Western Australian Central Wheatbelt. The paper finds that rates of youth loss from rural regions have increased over the past twenty years. Yet the patterns, processes, causes and impacts of rural youth migration are distributed in a spatially-uneven fashion. Some remote areas are receiving net migration gains while booming 'sea change' coastal regions have experienced heavy losses. While the 'flight to the bright city lights' syndrome is evident, relatively high proportions of young people in the Northern SD of NSW move within their immediate region. Nevertheless, some common understandings concerning youth mobility were also confirmed. Gender differentials in migration propensity between women and men are evident even at quite local scales. Young people are also more likely to search out capital cities than the rest of the population. Most inland areas still continue to experience heavy losses of local youth. A more precise understanding of rural youth migration trends is an important stepping stone in the establishment of a reinvigorated research effort into young rural people's perspectives of their changing life chances in their home communities.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Geographical Research, 46(2), p. 139-152
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1745-5863
Field of Research (FOR): 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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