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Health in regions facing population decline: the role of selective migration

Principle researcher

Aletta Dijkstra, Eva Kibele, Fanny Janssen


Antonia Verweij (RIVM), Fons van der Lucht (RIVM)


In the Netherlands, population health in regions suffering population decline is on average worse than in other regions. Differences in the socio-demographic population structure cannot explain this health difference entirely (Verweij & van der Lucht, 2011). The objective of this research is to assess whether selective migration can explain health differences between regions of population decline and other regions in the Netherlands. Data from the Dutch Housing and Living Surveys linked with Dutch register data will be used to study the health and migration patterns of people in regions facing population decline in comparison to other regions.

This project is part of larger project by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, RIVM) investigating health in regions facing population decline in the Netherlands.


Can selective migration explain why health is worse in declining regions? A study on migration and self-rated health in the Netherlands (Dijkstra, A., E.U.B. Kibele, A. Verweij, F. van der Lucht, F. Janssen)

Last modified:10 May 2021 3.20 p.m.