Migration to less popular rural areas: the characteristics, motivations and search process of migrantsBijker, R. A. 2013 [S.n.]. 201 p.
Research output: Scientific › Doctoral Thesis
Migration into rural areas is often associated with the movement of middle-class groups from the city in search of new lives in an idyllic rural setting. However, recently a critical re-appraisal of this conceptualisation of counterurbanisation has started. This thesis aims to contribute to this critical reconsideration by studying migration to less-popular rural areas in the northern Netherlands. Migration into less-popular rural areas has remained relatively under-researched so far. There has been more attention for migration flows to those rural areas that in general are perceived as attractive to live in. The popularity of rural areas as places to live is defined in this study using the average house price per municipality. The less-popular areas are situated along the northern and eastern borders of the northern Netherlands. This study focuses in particular on the characteristics and motivations of the in-migrants. To determine to what extent the outcomes are specific for less-popular areas, a direct comparison with popular areas in the same region is made. In addition, the residential search process before a move is investigated. The characteristics and motivations of in-migrants are studied by means of newly collected survey data in seven municipalities in the northern Netherlands, as well as by using secondary data. To investigate the residential search process in a rural context a small-scale study was conducted using a diary approach, a new method for studying the residential search process. In‐depth interviews were followed by an electronic questionnaire which was sent to the respondents every two weeks.
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