Internal migration in Finland – determinants and trends
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School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
AbstractI study the determinants and trends of internal migration in Finland through a regression analysis, which is theoretically motivated by a review of some of the relevant literature. The analysis explores primarily the importance and secondarily the possible trends of economic-, demographic and geographic determinants to Finnish intermunicipal net and gross-in migration flows. I find that for the variables selected, generally their signs and significances in this analysis produce roughly the expected signs and significances found in the literature. I also find that in line with expectations, the results have relatively high standard errors, thus suggesting that the model is not comprehensive in explaining internal migration in Finland. Finally, I find that the net migration specification is dependent on the level of aggregation of the areas included as evidenced by the differences in results when aggregating the Helsinki Metro Area together. The general findings of the thesis are largely in line with existing research regarding internal migration in developed countries.
Thesis advisorStryjan, Miri
migration, internal migration, regression analysis, migration research